Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Belle Grove Plantation will become bed-and-breakfast
King George supervisors approved a special exception to allow a bed-and-breakfast at Belle Grove Plantation, the birthplace of President James Madison.
In making the motion to approve the request, Supervisor Joe Grzeika called it “one of the easy ones.”
“I think it’s a great asset to King George County,” said Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. “It’s a beautiful piece of property.”
Brett and Michelle Darnell plan to widen the driveway, add a gravel parking lot and pave a small portion of the drive, off U.S. 301. They’ll operate a luxury bed-and-breakfast and do outdoor catered events.
In other action tonight, the supervisors:
- Heard more complaints from residents about the proposed improvements at State Route 206 and Owens Road. After citizens talked about how unsafe their homes and property would be, because of the land and trees taken for the turn lanes, supervisors also railed against the project. Chairman Dale Sisson Jr. asked VDOT to bring back a “sense of reasonableness” with the project. David Brown, the Northern Neck Administrator, said he would share concerns with fellow VDOT officials.
- Submitted an application to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for grant money to help build the free clinic, which is part of the proposed HELP Center.
- Put the Shiloh Park project back on the table and agreed to move some money around to make it happen.
- Read more about these actions in upcoming blogs and in The Free Lance–Star.