The following letter is from the Ocean Shores Condominium Board requesting support to help cover costs for legal fees to help them oppose the current proposed 22 story tall expansion of Westminster Canterbury. Ocean Shores Condos are located directly to the east of the proposed high rise and will be impacted the most by the massive structure. If you believe the proposed iconic landmark hire rise is not in keeping with the neighborhood character of the Bayfront area, Please help by donating and/or forwarding this post to others.
Dear Shore Drive Community members:
We are writing you concerning the expansion of Westminster Canterbury. Most of you have gone to meetings opposing the expansion of Westminster Canterbury, or have expressed personal interest against the expansion as it stands now.
This letter/email is from The Ocean Shore Condominiums. We are a 63 unit condo directly to the east of Westminster Canterbury on Ocean Shore Avenue.
The board of Ocean Shore Condominium, has been fighting to mitigate some of the most egregious design plans of Westminster Canterbury’s expansion since the details were presented to Ocean Shore Condominium owners December 17, 2019, by WC management; the expansion plan was presented as final. We have attended many meetings, written numerous letters to the planning commission, and made presentations to that commission March 11, 2020. Now we are actively in contact with the City Council and are prepared to attend their meeting on September 22, 2020, in order to voice our concerns. Beginning with the Dec. 17, 2019, presentation, Ocean Shore hired an attorney and an architect to help represent us and the community through this entire process. Many of us have attended meetings with the attorney, and she helped voice our opposition in front of the planning commission. In addition, she will be making a case against aspects of the expansion plan at the City Council Meeting.
To date, we have spent over $19,500 on legal fees and another $6,000 for the advice and representation we have gotten from our architect. We have more costs coming as our attorney and architect will be representing all of us at the City Council Meeting upcoming on September 22, 2020. We are trying to protect the housing values and the wonderful lifestyle of the entire Shore Drive Area and therefore we are all in this together.
We are asking you to help support us financially. Please consider contributing to our bills in the quest to get Westminster Canterbury to change their expansion. If you are an individual and can afford $10, $25, $100, or any other amount we would appreciate your help. If you represent an association or a civic league and you have the same passion as Ocean Shore to continue this fight, then we ask you to financially support us as a community with as much as you deem appropriate. Ocean Shore Condo is fighting for the entire Shore Drive Area. We need your financial help and cannot continue to fight without your help.
To contribute, please write a check made out to Ocean Shore Condominium and forward it to the address below:
Ocean Shore Condominium
Attn: Jay Frieden, Treasurer
2416 Ocean Shore Crescent #401
Virginia Beach, Va. 23451
Whether you contribute financially or not we still need your support. Please keep contacting the City Council, your Congressional representative and the Governor to keep the pressure on our City Council. We want to protect everyone in The Shore Drive Area.
Very Truly Yours,
Ocean Shore Condo Board