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Store, pharmacy on planning board agenda

March 17, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Store, pharmacy on planning board agenda

A pharmacy and a convenience store are among several planning and zoning issues to be considered by Hagerstown officials.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission will consider the following items during a 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall on March 25:

* A site plan for Rite Aid pharmacy to build a 10,690-square-foot store on North Cannon Avenue behind McDonald's. The pharmacy would have a drive-through window and 46 parking spaces.

Jody Cook, a spokeswoman for Rite Aid, said it was premature to discuss details of the planned pharmacy.

The pharmacy would go where Twigg Cycles and two duplexes are now. Twigg Cycles at 40-42 N. Cannon Ave. is moving with Honda of Hagerstown to Hagerstown Commons in June.

* A site plan for a roughly 1,500-square-foot convenience store at the Dual Highway Amoco at 1760 Dual Highway near The Red Horse Steak House.

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Officials with Clear Spring Limited Partnership at Ewing Oil were not available for comment. The partnership filed the site plan.

* A site plan for United Refrigeration Inc. to expand its operation by relocating to the Hagerstown Business Park.

The firm has outgrown its 111 W. First St. home and bought a 3.6-acre lot at the city-owned park for $91,600, according to the sale contract and Denny Fulk, United's Western Maryland sales manager.

The single-story, 12,500-square-foot building would be on the cul-de-sac on Sweeney Drive next to Action Products, Matt Davis, a city planner, said.

Construction is expected to start this month so the company can open in the business park by Sept. 1, Fulk said.

The Philadelphia-based United sells refrigeration, heating and air conditioning equipment wholesale to contractors, Fulk said.

The company employs six people locally, but eventually will hire more, Fulk said.

* A request from Northern Comfort Joint Venture, of Ocean Pines, Md., to rezone 2.253 acres at 1441 Wesel Blvd. from residential to commercial general.

Three possible major tenants have expressed interest in the land next to Nationwide Insurance Co., said Robert Douglas Sr., Northern Comfort's managing partner. There would be room for one service businesses, he said.

* A request from The Newton Co., of York, Pa., to rezone 1.38 acres at 50 E. Wilson Blvd. from industrial to commercial.

The land would be more marketable zoned commercially, said Bill Zimmerman, Wolf Organization president. Wolf is the parent company of Newton, a real estate company, and manages The Lumber Yard.

If the land stayed zoned for industrial use, a 200-foot setback from a residential area along Pope Avenue would be required, limiting the land's marketability, Zimmerman and Davis said.

* A request from A&J Realty, of Hagerstown, to rezone 3.14 acres next to the quarry along North Burhans Boulevard from industrial to commercial.

A&J Realty officials could not be reached for comment.

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