Concerns about proposed rezoning aired at City Council meeting

September 25, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

At a Hagerstown City Council public hearing Tuesday, six Pangborn Boulevard area residents expressed concern about a possible negative impact of the proposed rezoning of about 20 acres along Eastern Boulevard between Dual Highway and Jefferson Boulevard.

At its Aug. 28 meeting, the Hagerstown Planning Commission recommended the council approve the rezoning from residential to commercial general.

During Tuesday's hearing, Jack Mesner, of 184 Pangborn Blvd., asked for the city to require a sound and visual buffer between development on Eastern Boulevard and the homes on Pangborn Boulevard.

The rezoning request 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.

Councilman Kristin Aleshire questioned whether it was appropriate to have a picture of the proposed office building on a sign along Eastern Boulevard. The sign sends the message that the rezoning was "a done deal," he said.


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

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

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