Oak Ridge Drive project could cost $2.5 million

November 28, 1997


Staff Writer

Developer Paul Crampton plans to build a $2.5 million office/retail strip on Oak Ridge Drive next to his South Pointe residential housing development next year.

The 38,000-square-foot strip would have 201 parking spaces, and is expected to employ 50 people and draw 1,000 customers a day.

The strip center, which will be less than a mile from Prime Retail's planned $40 million Outlet Village of Hagerstown, was part of the South Pointe Planned Unit Development plan approved in the early 1990s.


The strip would be located east of Md. 65.

The county Planning Commission will review the plans at 7 p.m. Monday in the County Commissioners' meeting room on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 100 W. Washington St.

Crampton said the strip would include service-type retail and office businesses, such as a deli, dry cleaners, hair salon and a dentist's office. The strip also would have small specialty shops.

"I wanted something that would complement my development here," Crampton said.

Crampton said South Pointe has 150 homes and townhomes. He said he expects it will have the maximum 596 homes within 15 years.

Crampton said he felt the development had reached the stage where it could support the strip.

The design of the building won't be the typical ugly strip mall, Crampton said. It will have a truss roof, lots of glass and columns, a brick walkway, and a center courtyard with a fountain.

"I think it's going to be quite special," he said.

Crampton said he hopes to start construction March 1 and have the strip open for business in October or November of next year.

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