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Meeting could produce new Westview plans

July 22, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Meeting could produce new Westview plans



Neighbors of Westview Homes in Hagerstown may find out Tuesday whether their concerns have prompted any changes to plans for a $42 million demolition and rebuilding of the 50-year-old public housing project.

A public meeting about plans for a new Westview Homes development is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Building at Westview Homes at the corner of Main and Buena Vista avenues in Hagerstown.

The proposal calls for demolishing Westview Homes and replacing it with an expanded housing development. The new Westview Homes would include homes for sale, regular rental units and subsidized rentals.

The plans have upset some Westview neighbors, especially some residents of South Mont Valla Avenue whose road could become an entrance for a group of new homes. The street is now a dead end.

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Some residents complained that making the road a throughway would ruin the quiet street. More than 120 area residents signed a petition opposing the project, and at least two say they are moving because of it.

Earlier this month, Ted Shankle, executive director of the Housing Authority, said that in response to residents' complaints architects for the project are looking into changing the plan so South Mont Valla Avenue would remain a dead end. Shankle said possible changes to the plan will be discussed at the Tuesday meeting.

Shankle said whether the project is undertaken depends on receipt of a $10.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said a decision on grant funding is expected in October.

Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council are expected to attend at least the first 45 minutes of the meeting before going to City Hall for their regularly scheduled voting session.

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