A wedding venue planned on the site of a 51-acre farm on Glenville Road in Churchville has neighbors upset, but the owners' lawyer, acknowledging complaints he has heard, says the project will be upscale and not obtrusive.
The neighbors will be able to speak their minds at a community input meeting Wednesday at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Center, beginning at 6 p.m.
Plans for The Regent at Stone House submitted to Harford County call for an 8,853-square-foot barn to be built on property at 517 Glenville Road, owned by Timothy and Lisa Limberger.
The barn would be set back more than 600 feet from the road, facing a parking lot, and would overlook an existing pond.
"Before [the owners] built the property, they had a vision that they wanted to have a special wedding destination," John Gessner, the Limbergers' lawyer, said Thursday. "They think it's a beautiful site. There is a market and a need for a place like that, and they really thought it would be a wonderful thing."
A rendering of the building shows a traditional barn-style building with an entrance canopy, decorative doors and a patio with a stone facade.
"This is the first time someone has gone through this legally," he said, noting the law does not require the site, which is zoned for agricultural use, to be an active farm.
"We are putting up a bed-and-breakfast, and the neighbors think we are going to put up a Motel 6. They completely misunderstand," Gessner said in defense of the building's style.
The property will not actually be a bed-and-breakfast. It will be primarily used for weddings but could potentially also hold small receptions or similar events, he said.
"People have sent out fliers saying this will be like Richlin Ballroom [in Edgewood]," he said. "That is just silly."
Gessner said it would be "just a nice, little facility" that is set far back from the road. The parking lot has not been determined yet but will have about 100 or 120 spaces, he said.
"The barn is smaller than a lot of houses on Glenville," Gessner noted. "It's a beautiful building. It's not going to be an eyesore, by any means."
The venue has a Facebook page with 283 "likes" on it, as of Thursday.
One recent post says: "Fall is just around the corner. We can't wait to see couples say 'I do' against the backdrop of the changing leaves at Regent next year!"
Joppa Dunkin' Donuts planned
Another community input meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening will seek comments on a proposal to demolish a Pizza Hut restaurant in Joppa and replace it with a building housing Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins.
That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Joppa branch of Harford County Public Library, in the 600 block of Towne Center Drive.
The Pizza Hut is at Route 40 and Joppa Farm Road.