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Wise chats with residents online

March 15, 2001

Wise chats with residents online



By DAN KULIN

dank@herald-mail.com

Court challenges to a planned residential development off Mount Aetna Road in Hagerstown are being dropped in exchange for an increased and enhanced buffer area between the new and existing houses, representatives for the developer and the neighbors who brought the lawsuits said Wednesday.

The development partnership Churchey Group II is planning Greenwich Park, a 194-unit residential development to go on almost 37 acres surrounded by the Brightwood Acres, Londontowne and Fairway Meadows subdivisions.

A group of 63 neighbors to the property had appealed the annexation of the land into the city as well as City Planning Commission approval of the development plan.

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The appeal of the annexation is to be heard in the state Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis. Arguments in the appeal of the Planning Commission actions were made Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court. All the cases will be dropped under the compromise.

William C. Wantz, the attorney representing the neighbors in the lawsuits, told the Planning Commission Tuesday that a compromise has been reached.

"Settlement documents are in draft and being finalized. ... All of the controversies and disputes between the parties will be at an end," Wantz said.

"This ends it all," said Jim Stone, a partner in Churchey Group II.

Stone and Wantz said that under the compromise, the homes in the new development along the border with the existing neighborhoods will have garages built on the front of the buildings instead of in the back. With this change there will be 40 feet between the rear of the new buildings and the property line. In previous plans, the space was 28 feet.

In addition, two rows of trees will be planted along the border of Greenwhich Park instead of a single row of trees.

The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to alter the development plan to reflect the changes.

"I commend the developer for adjusting the site plan," Wantz said.

Wes Churchey said he was glad to end the legal battles.

Churchey said the first housing units could be completed in July. In the first phase, 32 units in duplexes will be built, he said.

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