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City Councilman wants land for lot next to Pangborn Park

May 22, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Councilman N. Linn Hendershot plans to keep trying to rally support for a proposed development under which the city would receive land for a parking lot next to Pangborn Park.

During the council meeting Tuesday, Hendershot said he wants the city parks board to meet at Pangborn Park at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Hendershot said he wants the board, of which he is a member, to look for parking places around the park other than on an adjacent lot, which could be built on.

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If the board can't find adequate alternate parking, Hendershot said he wants the board to recommend the council delay a decision on the proposed development.

The council is scheduled to vote on May 28 on a proposal to build apartment buildings and townhouses on 6.5 acres next to Pangborn Park. The land is now an overgrown parking lot.

As part of the proposed development, the developers have offered to give the city about 1.5 acres next to the park for use as a public parking lot.

But Hendershot is the only council member who has said he supports the proposal. Last week, the other four council members said they oppose the development plan.

The council has the authority to deny the proposal because the developers needed a special zoning designation called a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to build apartments and townhouses there.

Without council approval of the PUD, construction is limited by the current residential zoning designation on the property, which would allow duplexes to be built on the property.

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