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195-unit development planned

March 15, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A new plan for 36.7 acres on farmland along Mount Aetna Road in Hagerstown calls for building 195 housing units as duplexes and single-family homes on what would be called Greenwich Park.

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The property, the subject of a controversial rezoning and annexation into Hagerstown, drew protesting neighbors to City Hall last year.

The property is surrounded by the Brightwood Acres, Londontowne and Fairway Meadows subdivisions.

Amidst the protests, developers dropped their original development plan prior to the rezoning and annexation.

The new development plan calls for 35 fewer housing units than were in the original plan and does not include commercial space. The houses built would be duplexes and single-family homes instead of the quads, triplexes and duplexes originally proposed.

"We hope that our neighbors appreciate the efforts we've made and find it more appealing than the one before," said Jim Stone, a Hagerstown lawyer who is a partner in Churchey Group II, the development group that submitted the plan.

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The development plan must be voted on by the city Planning Commission. Matt Davis, a city planner, said the commission could vote on the plan as early as March 29.

Stone, who also is a member of the Planning Commission, said he would excuse himself from any discussion or vote on the plan.

The development plan for the property, which is known to some as the Miller Farm, shows six streets with a long park space running through the middle of the development.

A 2.9-acre storm water management pond would be situated on the property near the Londontowne subdivision, according to the plan.

Stone said construction could begin in late May or June, and some of the homes could be ready for occupancy by late summer.

He said the group expects to build 32 homes in the first phase of the project. He said it could take 6-10 years to finish construction.

The homes are expected to cost $180,000 to $250,000 each, he said.

According to a statement issued by the development group Wednesday, Greenwich Park will have one- and two-story brick houses with front porches and two-car garages, tree-lined sidewalks and alleys.

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