Council discusses parking dilemma at Pangborn Park

The options put forward by city include a recommendation to designate 63 parking spaces along the park and a proposal to buy 1.1

The options put forward by city include a recommendation to designate 63 parking spaces along the park and a proposal to buy 1.1

July 17, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown City Council directed city staff on Tuesday to take steps to increase public parking at Pangborn Park, including approaching two developers about buying some land.

Council members have expressed concern about the need for more parking space at the park since developers Richard McCleary and David Lyles plan to build residential units on 6.5 acres along Pangborn Boulevard between the park and Security Road.

The land is now used as an overgrown parking lot.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue presented the council with six options that could provide more parking at the park.

The option with the highest recommendation by city staff is designate striped parking spaces along Pangborn, which could provide 63 spaces, he said.


The council directed Tissue to have that work done.

The second-best option, city staff said, is to try to buy 1.1 acres from Lyles and McCleary, which would provide 68 spaces, Tissue said.

The council directed city officials to approach the developers about buying some land, but a smaller amount.

The other options presented Tuesday, in order of priority, were:

  • Have angled parking on the park side of Pangborn Boulevard, which would provide 47 spaces.

  • Buy two acres from Pangborn Corp., which would provide up to 133 spaces. Parking would be across the street from the park.

  • Build a parking lot on the park property, where the volleyball court is currently located, which would provide 40 spaces.

  • Acquire 20.8 acres owned by Hagerstown attorney Vincent Groh that would connect Fairgrounds Park to Pangborn Park, which would provide 51 spaces.

While a trail could be built between the two parks, the cost to get the land would be high, Tissue said in a written report. The property has been appraised at $447,671, Tissue said.

In late May, the council turned down a request by McCleary and Lyles to grant a special zoning designation so they could build 28 townhouses and 48 apartment units in three apartment buildings.

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.

The council vote to deny the request was 4-1, with Councilman N. Linn Hendershot in the minority. Hendershot said the park needs the 1.5 acres next to it that would have been given to the city under the developers' proposal. The property could have been used as a public parking lot.

Lyles is on the Hagerstown Planning Commission but did not participate in its discussion of the proposed development.

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