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Developers covet 250 acres near Huntfield

March 10, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Developers of the 3,300-home Huntfield development south of Charles Town are looking to add another 250 acres to their land holdings for future development, officials say.

Greenvest L.C., the Vienna, Va., firm that is building Huntfield, has an option to buy 250 acres across from the 1,000 acres it currently owns along U.S. 340, according to Greenvest and Charles Town city officials.

Because Greenvest officials want the property to be in Charles Town, they have been assisting the owners of the property in having the land annexed into the city, officials said.

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City officials agreed to annex the Huntfield property into the city last year.

The 250-acre tract is referred to as the Hayes property and is owned by a group of family members, said Charles Town Council member Matt Ward.

City council members have not taken any action on the annexation request, Ward said. It must first be acted on by the city finance committee, Ward said.

Although a Greenvest official said the firm wants a neighborhood/residential zoning classification for the land - the same zoning that was given to Huntfield - no development plan has been drawn up for the 250 acres.

"Obviously, we have a full plate at Huntfield. This is more of a long-term acquisition," said Jim Duszynski, senior vice president of Greenvest.

The neighborhood/residential zone given to Huntfield allows for a mix of commercial and residential development.

Greenvest officials have said Huntfield will be a planned community to include single-family homes, apartments, townhouses, a shopping center and office space.

Huntfield developers also are working on a plan to give about 60 acres to the Jefferson County Board of Education for a second high school.

Duszynski said 113 lots have been approved for Huntfield and 30 houses are under construction. About 25 of the houses have been sold, Duszynski said.

"We're moving right along," Duszynski said.

The Hayes property is located across U.S. 340 from the Huntfield property and currently has a radio tower on it, Ward said.

Ward said in order for him to look favorably on the 250-acre annexation, he wants Greenvest officials to pay a $700 "proffer" for any house built on the property to offset the cost of additional services.

Huntfield agreed to pay a $700 proffer for every house built in Huntfield.

Ward said he also wants Greenvest officials to donate about 12 to 15 acres from the Hayes property to use for soccer fields.

"The citizens want development to pay its fair share," Ward said.

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