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County rezones 10 acres

August 22, 2000

County rezones 10 acres



The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the rezoning of about 10 acres on Downsville Pike next to the former Moose lodge from residential multifamily to highway interchange.

The Washington County Planning Commission recommended the rezoning at its June 5 meeting.

About 20 area residents had petitioned against the rezoning. Clyde Bartles, president of the homeowners association for Town Oak Village, which is adjacent to the property, supported the rezoning.

The vacant land is on the southeast side of Downsville Pike near its intersection with Halfway Boulevard, adjacent to the north side of Interstate 70.

The request was made by 632 Joint Venture, a Maryland general partnership. Highway rezoning allows commercial and industrial development but not residential development.

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The same rezoning request was made in March 1998. At that time the County Commissioners voted down the request 4-0, at the urging of 30 residents.

Attorney William Wantz, representing the company, was the only person to speak at a public hearing on the proposal earlier this month.

Wantz had noted that the county rezoned the adjacent former Moose club property from agricultural to highway interchange 1 in 1997.

Joint Venture also owns the former Moose lodge property.

The commissioners Tuesday found the character of the neighborhood has changed substantially. Supporters made that argument, noting that one change was the opening of ramps leading to and from Interchange 70.

- Scott Butki

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