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Rosewood Village awaits site plan approval

March 04, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Construction on the first phase of a 520-unit residential development on Robinwood Drive will start later this year if the site plan is approved Monday night, developer Mansoor Shaool said Friday.

The first phase of Rosewood Village, which is adjacent to Hagerstown Community College, includes 77 townhouse apartments and 42 elderly living units, according to county planning documents.

Shaool said construction of the first phase should take about two years.

Later parts of the three-phase project will include the first leg of a new road, Varsity Lane, which will ultimately connect Robinwood with Eastern Boulevard.

"It will be very helpful regarding the traffic," Shaool said.

It will take about 10 years to finish the entire project, Shaool said.

"We are not going to go too fast because we don't want to be a burden to the community," he said.

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A second phase includes 169 townhouse apartment units and 116 apartment units. The third phase includes 116 townhouse apartments, according to county planning documents.

The later phases will also include a grocery store, a convenience store, a gas station, and other businesses, Shaool said. The intent is for the planned unit development to have the amenities a resident would want without making them drive to get it, he said.

Senior Planner Timothy Lung will give a report on the Rosewood Village project during Monday's planning commission meeting, which is at 7 p.m. in the Washington County Commissioners meeting room, 100 West Washington St.

It is not a public hearing, so area residents may not get a chance to speak, Lung said.

The Washington County Planning Commission approved the project's final development plan at its Feb. 1, 1999, meeting, Lung said. The preliminary development plan was passed in June 1998, and rezonings for the project were approved in 1995, Lung said.

While the developments will bring more traffic to Robinwood, most residents are already aware of that from prior public hearings, Planning Director Robert Arch said.

The first phase will not require the developer to pay to widen Robinwood, but that possibility will be re-evaluated for later phases, Arch said.

As part of the project, two new access roads from Robinwood will be built - John F. Kennedy Drive and Varsity Lane.

Shaool is also the developer and owner of the Black Rock Estates residential development near Black Rock Golf Course.

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