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Rezonings requested

January 29, 2001

Rezonings requested



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Requests to rezone land along South Potomac Street and property near the intersection of South Mulberry and East Baltimore streets are the subject of public hearings scheduled for Tuesday night at Hagerstown City Hall.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission has recommended against approving both requests. The City Council is expected to vote on the rezoning requests in the end of February, said Matt Davis, a city planner.

In one rezoning request, the owner of the Corner Pub at East Baltimore Avenue and South Mulberry Street is seeking to have properties adjacent to the pub - 154-158 S. Mulberry St. and 202 E. Baltimore St. - rezoned from R-4 residential to C-2 commercial zoning.

Pub-owner Darryl Sword has said he wants to expand the pub into an apartment building next to the pub to make room for a new kitchen and additional seating.

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On Nov. 8, the City Planning Commission recommended the City Council deny that requested rezoning.

Davis said the Planning Commission determined the a mistake in the original zoning was not proved by the applicant, and that there has been no substantial change to the character of the neighborhood.

The other hearing is on a rezoning request from the Bowman Group. The request is to zone about 11 acres along South Potomac Street C-2 commercial. The property, which is near Oak Ridge Drive and is across from the E. Russell Hicks Middle School, is currently zoned R-3 residential.

Davis did not known why the rezoning is being requested. Bowman representatives did not return telephone messages Friday.

On Jan 10, the city Planning Commission voted to recommend against approval of that rezoning request.

Davis said the Planning Commission determined that a mistake in the original zoning was not proven and that a commercial zoning there would go against the city's comprehensive plan.

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