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Annexation hearing set

November 21, 1997

Annexation hearing set

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 on a petition for the City of Martinsburg to annex 20 acres for a proposed home-improvement center.

On Nov. 13, the City Council approved light industrial zoning for the tract, which is owned by Oates Partnership. On Oct. 9, the council approved the resolution for annexation.

Developer Bruce Van Wyk on Sept. 30 told the council that he has a contract to buy the property if the annexation goes through.

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Van Wyk attorney Lee Van Metre told the council at a Nov. 6 meeting that the property will be used for a home-improvement center similar to a Lowe's or Home Depot. At that meeting, several property owners raised concerns about traffic and other problems the project could create near their homes.

The approval of the county commission would be the final step in the annexation process, according to County Administrator Deborah Sheetenhelm.

The tract is in the county adjacent to the city's southern boundary.

It is bordered by W.Va. 45, the Winchester and Western Railroad, Windewald Boulevard and Old Arden Road.

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