Berkeley Commission OK's annexation

December 18, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With a unanimous vote of the Berkeley County Commission Thursday, the City of Martinsburg grew by 20.7 acres that will likely become the site of a home improvement center next year.

The formal request for the annexation came from the Oates Partnership, which owns the land. Developer Bruce Van Wyk has the land under contract and said Thursday he plans to complete its purchase in January.

On Sept. 30, Van Wyk went before the City Council and said he wanted the property annexed and zoned by the end of the year. In October, the council approved a resolution to annex the property, followed by approval of light industrial zoning for the land in November.


The County Commission's approval during a brief public hearing was the last step in the process, with the zoning taking effect with the annexation, according to city attorney Oakley Seibert. Berkeley County has no zoning laws.

Van Wyk has said that an unnamed company plans to build a home improvement center on the site. Previously he said it would be similar to a Lowe's or Home Depot.

Thursday, however, he said he was still not at liberty to reveal the name of the company. Van Wyk said the company could begin site work as early as next month.

City Manager Mark Baldwin said Thursday that no company has submitted plans for the property to the city Planning Commission.

During the summer, Resource Consultants and Developers Inc. of West Virginia, submitted plans for a Lowe's Home Improvement Center that would have been located at the intersection of W.Va. 45 and South Queen Street. The Berkeley County Planning Commission office said that plan has since been withdrawn.

Lowe's has a store on Winchester Avenue.

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