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Trailer storage proposal shared

March 05, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Plans for storing nearly 1,000 empty trailers on a 65-acre site near Williamsport were presented to the Washington County Planning Commission Monday despite the fact the business owner hasn't received approval for an earlier, smaller version because of a dispute over trees to screen the site.

"There were 268 units before," said Stephen Goodrich, chief senior planner, who introduced the latest site concept that adds 731 new units spread over more acreage, bringing the total capacity to 999.

Last July, Bowman Sales and Equipment Inc. President Todd Bowman presented the commission with a site plan for the property owned by Donald Bowman, but it was tabled due to a conflict over the type of shield trees to be used, county Planning Director Robert Arch said.

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Goodrich said the State Highway Administration already has approved a new entrance that would access the former truck stop property for more trailer storage.

Donald Bowman's efforts to put a truck stop on the site in recent years haven't materialized. Much of the concern has focused on the close proximity of the site to C&O Canal National Historical Park, which it abuts.

Large storage trailers and sea containers - movable, stackable storage units transported by land and sea - occupy a portion of the property at 15935 Spielman Road south of Williamsport.

Goodrich said the new proposal is to spread out the trailers in a single level and not double stack them as the earlier plan indicated.

Planning Commission member George Anikis expressed concern about demolition of The Garden of Eden, a historic house on the site.

The fate of that home is on the agenda of tonight's tentative meeting of the Washington County Historic District Commission set for 7 p.m. at 80 W. Baltimore St. Those interested in attending the meeting should call 240-313-2438 to make sure it has not been postponed.

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