By Ted Shockley
An event venue to be located in a old brick warehouse near Cape Charles has been approved by the Northampton County Board of Supervisors.
The former D.L. Edgerton Seafood warehouse, a 10,000-square-foot structure built in 1909 that stands on Stone Road — the major thoroughfare into Cape Charles — now can be used for a venue for up to 350 people.
Two limited liability corporations based in Virginia Beach petitioned the county for a rezoning and special-use permit for the event venue. The requests were unanimously approved by supervisors.
The principals in the LLCs are a restaurant manager and a florist.
“Please proceed and create a lot of economic development for the county,” said Chairman Spencer Murray.
Events will be hosted indoors on the five-acre property.
“This is a great opportunity for the county,” said Bill Parr, who owns a real-estate business, during a public hearing.
He said economic impacts from the venue would help restaurants, hotels and more.
The applicants already have procured the services of an engineer and attorney who ackowledged the amount of work to be done on the building.
A structural engineer said the Edgerton warehouse was worth saving, they said.
“I think this project is an exciting one,” said attorney Carl Eason.
The applicants hope to open the business in 2021.