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Planners delay Hunt Field, ask for more details

March 01, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The approval process for the proposed 3,300-home Hunt Field development has been pushed back two weeks to give the Jefferson County Planning Commission more time to study the project, the county's planning director said Wednesday.

Paul Raco said he wants Greenvest L.C., the Tysons Corner, Va.-based developers of Hunt Field, to supply more information about the project, such as exact lot sizes around the perimeter of the development and timelines for completion of different phases.

Specifics about the perimeter of the project would give people living around the 1,000-acre parcel an idea of how dense the development will be, Raco said.

Two of the biggest developments near the proposed Hunt Field community will be Tuscawilla Hills and Locust Hill, which together have about 620 homes, said Al Hooper, who helps manage Tuscawilla Hills.

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The subdivisions are along Summit Point Road across the street from the Hunt Field site, Hooper said.

Although people "from all over the county" have been asking him about Hunt Field, people in Tuscawilla Hills and Locust Hill have not said a lot about the project, said Hooper, who is also a Jefferson County Commissioner.

Doris Walsh, a member of the board of directors of the Tuscawilla Hills Citizens Association, said she wants to know exactly what will lie along Summit Point Road, particularly whether any of Hunt Field's panned commercial properties will be there.

"I'm quite concerned as to what is going on," Walsh said.

In addition to 3,300 homes, townhouses and apartments, Greenvest L.C. wants to put a shopping center, office space and a community center on the tract, according to plans it has filed with the county.

To allow time for the public and the Planning Commission to review a more detailed plan, a public hearing on the project has been rescheduled from March 14 to March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Raco said.

Although Greenvest executives could not be reached for comment Wednesday, Raco said the company is complying with the request.

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