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City pub rezoning protested

February 01, 2001

City pub rezoning protested



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


During a public hearing before the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday, four women spoke against a requested rezoning of property next to the Corner Pub at South Mulberry and East Baltimore streets in downtown Hagerstown.

The women, who said they own property near the pub, said the rezoning would lead to increased parking problems. They said the late-night noise from the pub would be worse if the rezoning were approved.

Darryl Sword, owner of the Corner Pub, 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.

Sword has said he wants to expand the pub into an apartment building next to the pub to make room for an expanded kitchen and a new dining area that would have a separate entrance.

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The City Planning Commission on Nov. 8 recommended the City Council deny that request. Matt Davis, a city planner, said the Planning Commission determined a mistake in the original zoning was not proved, and that there has been no substantial change to the character of the neighborhood.

Sword's representatives told the council Tuesday that the neighborhood has changed over the years from one in which most of the residences were owner-occupied to one in which homes are mostly rentals. They also noted the "busy intersection" and the noise of helicopters coming and going from the hospital.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said he would support the zoning change because Sword said he hopes to demolish a nearby building to create a new parking area.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the Mayor and City Council probably would discuss the rezoning request during a Feb. 13 or Feb. 20 meeting. He said council votes on the requests would not be taken until those meetings had been held.

Written comments on the request will be accepted until Feb. 9, City Clerk Anna Pennesi said. Comments should be sent to the City Clerk at Hagerstown City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown MD 21740.

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