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Preliminary steps taken for truck center

June 10, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

A company has passed the first step toward getting government approval to build a truck distribution center on part of a 172-acre farm near Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals at its May 14 meeting approved a request by 2003 Mason Dixon LLC for a special exception to put the center on farmland at 17939 Mason Dixon Road, a board member said Monday.

The county describes a truck distribution center as a business "with the capability to allow future associated uses including truck terminals, warehousing, private fueling facility, parking, maintenance and other truck-related uses."

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The application request made to the board did not specify how many acres the center would need, but Zoning Appeals Board member Kirk Downey estimated it would be 20 percent to 25 percent of the 172-acre property, based on plans shown at the meeting.

The county action allows 2003 Mason Dixon LLC to use only the portion of the farm property shown on those plans, he said.

Downey is writing the board's decision on the case.

The property, which is zoned agricultural, is owned by Leon and Mary Martin of Hagerstown.

The company also would need to get Hagerstown Planning Commission approval of its site plan before it can build the truck distribution center.

The request for the special exception permit was filed April 24.

Downey said the president of Mason Dixon LLC is Brad Fulton, vice president of A.C. & T. Inc.

Fulton did not return phone calls Monday.

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