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Hunt Field developers agree to explore proposals

May 11, 2001

Hunt Field developers agree to explore proposals



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


Developers of the Hunt Field project have agreed to explore a number of proposals as part of their plans to build a 3,300-home community south of Charles Town, including helping to pay for another bypass around Charles Town and developing a biking trail between the development and Charles Town.

Officials with Greenvest, L.C., the Vienna, Va.-based developer of Hunt Field, have also said they will consider working with property owners along U.S. 340 south of Charles Town to preserve open space in the area, according to Jefferson County Planning Commission officials.

Charles Town City Council members have suggested that Greenvest, L.C., also consider purchasing conservation easements along U.S. 340 to preserve open space.

The proposals Greenvest, L.C. has agreed to were outlined by Jefferson County Planning Director Paul Raco and City Council member Matt Ward Thursday.

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Jim Duszynski, senior vice president of Greenvest, could not be reached for comment.

The issues were agreed upon when the community impact statement was approved for Hunt Field Tuesday night.

The community impact statement gives details about how the project will be developed, how much traffic it will generate, how the traffic will affect area roads and other details.

The next step in the Hunt Field proposal will be submission of a preliminary plat, which will show which section of the 1,000-acre development will be built first, Raco said.

On Tuesday night, more than 100 people attended a public hearing to make comments and hear details about the community impact statement for the project.

Some speakers said they have been encouraged by how Greenvest has proceeded on the project, such as its increased sensitivity to nearby historical areas.

Others continued to express concern over traffic congestion the development could generate, the need for additional schools and the presence of arsenic on the Hunt Field property.

Concerned about increased traffic congestion in Charles Town, the city council has asked Greenvest officials to consider constructing a western bypass that would connect U.S. 340 and W.Va. 9. Greenvest officials have agreed to pay for part of the bypass if it were determined the road is needed, Ward said.

While City Council members want to keep any traffic congestion from Hunt Field under control, they want to attract shoppers from Hunt Field. Greenvest officials have agreed to explore the idea of a hiking and biking trail between the development and town, and the developers appear to be supportive of a shuttle service, like a bus service, between town and the development, Ward said.

Duszynski has said he will consider paying impact fees to Jefferson County Schools to help offset the construction of new schools needed because of the development.

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