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Proposed development along Pangborn Boulevard discussed

Much of the Planning Commission's conversation focused on plans for a storm water management system for Kensington Villas.

Much of the Planning Commission's conversation focused on plans for a storm water management system for Kensington Villas.

March 27, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday discussed the site plan for a 20-acre proposed residential development to consist of 100 duplexes and 20 townhouses along Pangborn Boulevard.

While the planned Kensington Villas residential development will be near Eastern Boulevard, access for the development would be off Pangborn, not Eastern, city documents showed.

Wayne Alter, president of Kensington LLC, said the development south of Jefferson Boulevard would provide upscale homes. Alter did not attend the meeting.

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Much of the discussion at the meeting focused on plans for a storm water management pond to be built along Eastern Boulevard near Opal Court.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission had asked for the plans to be altered to make the proposed development as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

From the road, motorists would see a grassy knoll with some vegetation, project consultant Stephen Cvijanovich told the commission.

"It is going to be as pleasant as possible," Planning Commission Chairman Douglas Wright said.

While the project calls for a buffer between the development and other homes in the Pangborn Boulevard area, commission members said they expect to encounter opposition to the project from area residents.

When Hagerstown Councilwoman Carol Moller, who is an ex-officio member of the commission, suggested some residents might be satisfied by the buffer, Wright disagreed.

"Carol, you need to be a politician a little bit longer," he said. There will be some opposition no matter how much buffer is planned, commission members said.

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.

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.

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