Planners approve Elgin Community Center site plan

August 29, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a site plan for the Elgin Station Community Center at Elgin Park.

Plans for the 23,000-square-foot community center at the northeast corner of the intersection of Burhans and Elgin boulevards include a gym, multi-purpose room, a day-care center and other facilities. About 30 agencies are expected to provide services in the community center, Hagerstown Housing Authority Executive Director Ted Shankle has said.

The planned $4.5 million community center is part of plans to demolish the Westview Homes public housing complex in Hagerstown and build replacement housing.

The $10.7 million first phase of the planned development includes the demolition of Westview's 210 barrack-style units, the construction of 83 new homes and construction of the community center at Elgin Park, Shankle said Tuesday.


The Elgin Station community center will be open and accessible to all West End residents, not just those in public housing.

Pangborn Park plan subject of discussion

The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday discussed a proposal to build 104 townhouses on about 21 acres near Pangborn Park.

The Pangborn Heights Townhomes would be built west of Pangborn Park and north of Fairgrounds Park on land owned by Vincent Groh.

The development would have 312 parking spaces.

Each townhouse would have a one-car garage, Willis E. Weikert, executive vice president of Fox and Associates Inc. of Frederick, Md., told the commission.

The land is zoned moderate residential density.

The typical lot size would be 20 feet by 100 feet, according to documents

The middle of the development would remain forest land, White said.

The development was before the commission for preliminary consultation.

Eastern Boulevard rezoning request OK'd

The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended approval of the rezoning of about 20 acres along Eastern Boulevard between Dual Highway and Jefferson Boulevard from residential to commercial general zoning.

The rezoning request, which goes next to the Hagerstown City Council, was made by two developers who are separate entities.

Dahbura Enterprises LLC requested rezoning five acres because of plans to build a four-story, 80,000-square-foot office building adjacent to the Centre at Antietam Creek on Eastern Boulevard.

Dahbura Enterprises owns Hub Plaza, a three-story, 60,000-square-foot office building across Eastern Boulevard from the proposed new building.

Kensington LLC President requested rezoning an adjacent 15-acre parcel fronting Eastern Boulevard.

Kensington President Wayne Alter has said there is not a specific planned use for the property at this point.

At the hearing, Malcolm Davis of Davis, Renn and Associates, speaking on behalf of the developers, presented necessary evidence that the neighborhood has changed.

Those changes include the construction of Eastern Boulevard; gas mains, water mains, sewers and a pumping station were constructed; the city annexed nearly 75 acres there; the corporate boundaries have changed significantly since 1972; and nine rezonings have occurred in the neighborhood.

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