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Council supports zoning change

February 27, 2001

Council supports zoning change



By DAN KULIN

dank@herald-mail.com

A rezoning request that would allow the owner of the Corner Pub in downtown Hagerstown to expand and open a separate dining area was supported Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The council voted 4-1 in favor of the request to change 154-158 S. Mulberry St., 202 E. Baltimore St. and 208-210 Frederick St. from R-4 residential zoning to C-2 commercial zoning, based on a change in the character of the neighborhood.

A final council vote on the matter is expected March 27.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner cast the lone vote against the rezoning request. Metzner said he didn't see a change in the character of the neighborhood.

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Councilman William M. Breichner, who last week said he would oppose the rezoning, voted in favor of the request.

Darryl Sword, owner of the Corner Pub, has said he is seeking the rezoning so he can expand the business into an apartment building next door. He plans to expand the kitchen and open a new dining area with a separate entrance.

While Sword has received the backing of the council, the City Planning Commission and some pub neighbors have opposed his request.

In November, the Planning Commission 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 there has been no substantial change to the character of the neighborhood.

During a January public hearing, four women spoke against the requested rezoning. The women, who said they own property near the pub, said the rezoning would lead to increased parking problems in their neighborhood and late-night noise from the pub would be worse.

Sword's representatives have said 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.

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