A project proposed by a company called the West Village, the Annapolis Planning Commission, has been approved. The parcel of land is vacant and has been used for outdoor dining by Mayor Gavin Buckley's Thai cuisine restaurant.
While some planning commission members have criticized the project as not providing space for the storage of bicycles and for not allotting parking for future residents, It has garnered some praise, according to a report in the Capital. "Tom Smith, Buckley’s recent appointment to serve as the city’s acting director of Planning and Zoning, led off Thursday’s meeting with praise for the mixed-use building. “Frankly, this is the epitome of an urban infill project,” Smith said. “It really checks all the boxes.”
Mayor Buckley says while he still is a partner in West Village, an LLC, he hasn't had any say in its day-to-day operations since before he ran for his first term in office.