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Plans for 'upscale' housing submitted

January 21, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

A developer has submitted to the City of Hagerstown plans for a proposed residential development with 60 townhouses and 70 duplexes along Pangborn Boulevard.

The goal of the approximately 20-acre development south of Jefferson Boulevard is to provide upscale homes, said Wayne Alter, president of Kensington LLC.

The land is adjacent to about 20 acres along Eastern Boulevard, between Dual Highway and Jefferson Boulevard. Kensington LLC and Dahbura Enterprises LLC late last year jointly requested that the land be rezoned from residential to commercial general.

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The two companies later withdrew the rezoning request after the council listed the conditions it would require for the rezoning, including widening a section of Eastern Boulevard from two lanes to four.

While the planned residential development will be near Eastern Boulevard, access for the development will be off Pangborn, Alter said.

A traffic study done by a consultant said the development's impact on Eastern Boulevard would be negligible, Alter said.

He said he was confident Pangborn Boulevard could handle the increased traffic.

Current plans for the development call for a storm water management pond to be built along Eastern Boulevard near Opal Court, city development planner Megan Gedney said.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission asked for the plans to be altered to make the proposed development as aesthetically pleasing as possible and that will be done, Alter said.

The Planning Commission, which has to approve the project's site plan, will discuss the project at a future meeting. The earliest that will occur is Feb. 12, Gedney said.

The Planning Commission also asked for a buffer to be built between the development and other homes in the area, Gedney said.

As part of the plans, two roads, Westwood Street and Monroe Avenue, will be extended, she said.

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