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The Rachuba Group gets a special zoning designation that allows it to build single-family homes, townhouses and apartments behin

The Rachuba Group gets a special zoning designation that allows it to build single-family homes, townhouses and apartments behin

June 19, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved a special zoning designation for a company that wants to build a 706-unit residential development on property behind the Centre at Hagerstown.

The council voted 3-2 to grant a Planned Unit Development, or PUD, for the proposed Hager's Crossing development. A PUD typically allows higher-density development on a property than would be allowed under existing zoning.

The PUD allows The Rachuba Group, which is based in Eldersburg, Md., to build single-family homes, townhouses and apartments in the development, city Economic Development Coordinator Deborah Everhart said.

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Larry Rachuba, managing member of the Rachuba Group, said Monday he anticipates construction will start in August or September.

Rachuba, who attended the meeting, said he was pleased the council approved the project.

Council members Lewis Metzner, N. Linn Hendershot and Carol N. Moller voted to approve the PUD. Council members Kristin Aleshire and Penny May Nigh voted against it.

The proposed development would include 203 single-family homes, 261 townhouses and 242 two-story apartments, city documents said.

The development would be built on about 164 acres behind the shopping center, which is near the point where U.S. 40 crosses over Interstate 81.

The council has authority over the project because The Rachuba Group needed the PUD to develop the property as proposed.

Before the vote, Aleshire and Nigh said they were voting against the project because it includes too many apartments.

Aleshire said he is not anti-development but wants a better mix of rental units and home ownership.

Aleshire said more than 60 percent of the total housing units in the city of Hagerstown are rental units.

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