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Rezoning requested for Food Lion construction

March 15, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

Rezoning requested for Food Lion construction

Negotiations are under way to build a Food Lion supermarket in front of a proposed housing development along Sharpsburg Pike between Poffenberger Road and Battlecreek Boulevard.

Developers presented an application to the Washington County Planning Commission and County Commissioners at a hearing March 9 to rezone 2.4 acres on the east side of Sharpsburg Pike to allow a store and a parking lot.

They are asking the designation be changed from Highway Interchange 2, a high-density residential zone, to Highway Interchange 1, a high-density commercial zone.

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Some residents at the hearing spoke against the plan, saying they don't need another grocery store or the additional traffic it would generate.

"I think a grocery store would be out of order for this area. There's not even a shoulder on Poffenberger Road," said Harold Seekford, who lives on the road.

During a presentation of the plan, Hilton Smith, of Cross Creek Builders LLC, said his company had been approached by Food Lion officials to place a grocery store on property that connects to a proposed 23-acre housing development known as Cross Creek South.

But the parcel has to be rezoned because it isn't large enough to allow for construction of the store, a parking lot and access around the building, Smith said.

Food Lion officials did not return telephone calls.

Although no site plan has been submitted, preliminary plans outlined in the rezoning application show the Food Lion store would face Sharpsburg Pike with an access off that road, and a second entrance off Battlecreek Boulevard across from the Teamsters Local Union 992 building on Remington Drive.

The plan also calls for connecting Battlecreek Boulevard south to Poffenberger Road.

Connecting the roads would direct some of the traffic away from the intersection of Poffenberger Road, Rench Road and Sharpsburg Pike, according to the plan.

Store access will be determined by the county engineer as part of a site plan review.

The Planning Commission already is considering a plan submitted by Cross Creek Builders for the housing development that would hold 44 single-family lots.

A 200-lot single family development, known as Cross Creek North, is just north of the proposed grocery store site.

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