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Pangborn development hearing set

April 22, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

A public hearing will be held Tuesday on a proposal to build apartment buildings and townhouses on an overgrown parking lot next to Hagerstown's Pangborn Park.

The proposed development would put 28 townhouses and eight six-unit apartment buildings on 6.5 acres along Pangborn Boulevard between Security Road and the park.

The public hearing before the Mayor and City Council will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. A final council vote on the project will probably be in June, Mayor William M. Breichner said.

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The proposal has been criticized by some park neighbors who say the development will increase traffic and lower property values. Some residents have put signs in their yards to protest the project.

City Council members have been cool to the proposed development.

The council is being asked to approve a special zoning designation, called a Planned Unit Development, for the property. Without council approval, construction would be limited by the current residential zoning designation on the property, which would allow a maximum of 40 residential units in duplexes and one single-family house there, City Economic Development Coordinator Deborah Everhart has said.

On March 5, council members were unified in their opposition to the proposed development.

Since early March, some council members have softened their positions on the matter, saying they need to see the proposed development before making up their minds.

Property co-owner and developer Richard McCleary has said if the council rejects the current proposal, duplexes would be built on the property.

He said construction on the property will begin in spring 2003.

McCleary co-owns the property with David Lyles, a member of the city Planning Commission. The Planning Commission has recommended the council approve the proposal.

Lyles has not participated in commission discussion of the proposed development.

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