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City Council to approve rezoning

April 16, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Hagerstown City Council members indicated Tuesday they would approve a rezoning request, allowing Ryder to expand its truck terminal.

About 15 people spoke against the rezoning on March 24, saying they feared it could worsen a bad traffic situation. A Sheetz convenience store and gas station is proposed for adjacent land at the northeast corner of East Oak Ridge Drive and South Potomac Street.

The Bowman Group, which owns the land, wants the council to rezone about 2.2 acres from residential to commercial. Ryder officials want the extra land to expand and make up for several parking spaces they expect to lose because of the Sheetz development.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said most of the opposition had to do with the Sheetz store, not the Ryder rezoning.

Council members are expected to introduce an ordinance permitting the zoning on April 28. If they do so, they would vote on whether to adopt the ordinance in late May.

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The proposed site plan for the new Sheetz store has not yet been approved by the Hagerstown Planning Commission, said Planning Director Ric Kautz.

Of 49 people who signed a petition against the Ryder rezoning, 42 live in the South Pointe development off East Oak Ridge Drive.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said city planning employees should talk to county officials about extending Kuhn Avenue to Oak Ridge Drive to alleviate traffic congestion.

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