Group Offers to Pay Town $10,000 for Old School Building

Cape Charles Wave

June 28, 2012

The group known as Old School Cape Charles, LLC, has submitted a proposal to the Town of Cape Charles offering to purchase the former school building adjoining Central Park for $10,000.

The proposal is contained in a letter dated June 26 addressed to Mayor Dora Sullivan. The Cape Charles Wave obtained a copy of the letter today.

On June 14, the Cape Charles Town Council voted to authorize the mayor to enter into a contract with Echelon Resources, Inc., to sell the school property for the nominal price of $10. Echelon Resources would then convert the school into a 17-unit apartment building.

The letter from the attorney representing Old School Cape Charles states that “it is my . . . understanding that no contract has been executed yet.” The Old School Cape Charles proposal “should be far more attractive to the Town Council,” wrote attorney Kevin Martingayle.

In addition to paying the town $10,000, the proposal includes paying all applicable taxes as well as water and utilities.

Old School Cape Charles hopes to convert the school into a community center. Financing would rely on a funding plan including grants, capital campaigns, pledge drives, cultivation events, sales, fees and rental charges, as well as tax incentives and other programs available through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The full letter to Mayor Sullivan from Old School Cape Charles may be read by clicking here: OSCC proposal


Southern Living Rates Cape Charles ‘Best Little Beach Town’

By Cape Charles Wave Staff

June 27, 2012

Southern Living Magazine used this photo of the Town Harbor to showcase its selection of Cape Charles as one of the South’s five “Best Beach Towns.” (Photo by Scott Suchman)

It’s impossible to buy a copy locally of the June edition of Southern Living. That’s because the magazine includes a page on Cape Charles, rated among their “Best Little Beach Towns,” and local newsracks are sold out.

Only five beaches made the list: two from Florida, and one each from Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Cape Charles is described as “full of signature golf courses, clam chowder, and classic harbors.”

It’s also termed “The Comeback Town — This bustling Eastern Shore hub nearly dried up in the 1950s when a ferry terminal headed south to Kiptopeke. But fresh development has revived this charming town with a mix of marinas and golf courses, Victorian homes and oyster shacks,” writes Southern Living.

Under “What to Do,” the magazine recommended the golf courses and marina at Bay Creek, but added that “downtown’s seven square blocks, bordered by dunes and Bay Beach, remain the core.” And “the 1940s Historic Palace Theater keeps things current by bringing various musical acts to town,” the article reported. [Read more…]