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Historic Newtown Community Asks for Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.-Some people in the historic Newtown community of Salisbury say they are tired of looking at several abandoned and foreclosed properties sitting lifeless so they're asking permission to turn some of those homes into a bed and breakfast inn.

Right now the city doesn't allow bed and breakfast establishments but city council president Jake Day said he is willing to work toward possibly making that happen some day.

"It's difficult for a single family which is really the allowed use on these properties to move into and take care of a 5,000 square foot home with six bedrooms," Day said, "so this is one of those opportunities to create something to allow something in a neighborhood that is currently not allowed. We've gotta fix that, we've gotta get ourselves out of the way and say this is a compatible use that the neighborhood has requested, let's get out of the way let's fix this and it's a relatively easy fix."

Newtown Association vice president Jeff Smith said that he is one of the many neighbors advocating the idea. Smith owns a Victorian style home on William Street which he said he may want to turn into a bed and breakfast.

"What it would do for Salisbury is increase tourist traffic in Salisbury, heritage tourism is a huge, huge economic market, which will be a great benefit to Salisbury," Smith said.

May Kay Gibson who is slightly on the opposing side said that her house on Isabella Street is right in the middle of a few of the homes that may turn into a bed and breakfast, if the city ever allows it. Gibson said that she is not completely against the idea but that she has some mixed feelings. 

"There would be additional traffic in the back additional noise and I would have no privacy in my own backyard," Gibson said.

The debate to bring bed and breakfasts into Newtown is scheduled to be discussed at the city's next work session in Salisbury.

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