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Board squashes paintball plan

April 20, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday unanimously rejected a proposal to turn a former Hagerstown business into a paintball arena.

Laszlo Hun, of 26 Bittersweet Drive, wanted permission to turn a former carpet warehouse and retail sales facility at 655 S. Potomac St. into an indoor paintball arena.

The board was told that about 27 people would use the arena daily between about 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., with the heaviest use during winter months, Zoning Appeals Board member Fay Smith said during Wednesday's meeting.

Some nearby residents opposed the idea, citing possible negative effects of an arena and concerns about adequate parking.

Donna Repp, of 661 S. Potomac St., and Jennifer Browning, of 21 Garlinger Ave., said they oppose the paintball arena.

An arena would increase noise and crime, particularly vandalism, and they don't want that to happen in the residential neighborhood, Repp and Browning said.

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About eight local residents, including Repp and Browning, spoke against the proposal at a March 15 public hearing, board member Brett Wilson said.

Hun also spoke at the meeting and requested that a decision be delayed until this month's meeting so he could gather more information to support his case, Wilson said.

However, after publicly noting that Hun did not attend Wednesday's meeting, Board Chairman William Wantz ended the public hearing and went on to the next agenda item.

The board later voted 3-0 to turn down Hun's request.

Hun could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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