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New subdivision plan nears vote

April 09, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The Hagerstown Planning Commission is expected to vote Wednesday on a controversial plan to build 195 residential units on 36.7 acres off of Mount Aetna Road.

The public will be allowed to comment during the meeting, said Matt Davis, a city planner. The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Council Chambers, which is on the second floor of City Hall.

The site plan submitted to the city last month shows 97 duplexes and one single-family house on the property, which is surrounded by the Brightwood Acres, Londontowne and Fairway Meadows subdivisions.

The commission is expected to vote on the overall site plan and a subdivision plan for 32 units, Davis said.

If approved, the developer could then apply for building permits for the 32 units, Davis said.

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

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Amid the protests, developers dropped their original development plan prior to a City Council vote on 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. In the new plan the homes would be in duplexes and a single-family home instead of the quads, triplexes and duplexes originally proposed.

The new 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.

The development is expected to be called Greenwich Park, according to plans submitted by the development group, Churchey Group II.

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

The one- and two-story brick houses with front porches and two-car garages will cost $180,000 to $250,000 each, according to a statement from the development group.

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