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Rezoning request is withdrawn by local developers

October 24, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Two developers have withdrawn a proposal to rezone from residential to commercial general approximately 20 acres along Eastern Boulevard after the Hagerstown City Council made plans to put conditions on approval of the request.

The conditions included requiring the widening of part of Eastern Boulevard from two lanes to four.

Dahbura Enterprises LLC and Kensington LLC made a joint rezoning request for property between Dual Highway and Jefferson Boulevard.

The council was scheduled to vote on the request Tuesday. The companies withdrew the request on Friday.

The companies decided mutually to withdraw the request at least temporarily, Tony Dahbura, vice president of Dahbura LLC, said Wednesday.

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the council placed three conditions on its support of the proposed rezoning:

  • The developers must add a natural forest buffer between the rezoned property and property near Pangborn Boulevard.

  • The main access point must be across from Professional Court.

  • Eastern Boulevard must be widened along the property from two to four lanes.


"We felt the conditions that were requested didn't meet with our plan," Dahbura said. "We are disappointed. We hope that in the future we can reach a common understanding."

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Dahbura LLC requested the rezoning of five acres to accommodate 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.

Wayne Alter, president of Kensington LLC, requested the rezoning of an adjacent 15-acre parcel fronting Eastern Boulevard. Alter has said there is not a planned use for the property.

Alter said on Wednesday he had no comment on the city conditions.

Alter said he owns an additional 19 acres on Eastern Boulevard behind the land involved in the rezoning request. The company plans to put a residential development on that site, he said.

At a Sept. 24 public hearing before the council, six Pangborn Boulevard area residents expressed concern about a possible negative impact of the rezoning.

At its Aug. 28 meeting, the Hagerstown Planning Commission recommended the council approve the rezoning.

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