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Developer seeks zoning changes

April 01, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

A Philadelphia-based developer requested two zoning changes in Hagerstown's West End on Wednesday during the Hagerstown Planning Commission meeting.

Glenn S. Worgan, of Pennrose Properties Inc., said the company is seeking to have the zoning of two sets of properties changed from industrial usage to residential. The changes are needed to complete phases three and four of the housing development near the former Westview Homes public housing complex.

In phase one of the project, 83 rental units were built and 11 units to be sold are being completed, Worgan said. In phase two, 45 rental units and eight sale units are under construction, Worgan said.

Worgan said that in phase three, 77 rental units are to be built on three scattered sites along Main Avenue near Elgin Boulevard. The area is zoned industrial general, Worgan said

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Worgan said the company would need another zoning change to finish the fourth phase of the project calling for 85 rental units. Those units are to be to the west of Buena Vista Avenue, an industrial zone.

Claire Baker, an attorney representing Pennrose, said west Hagerstown is able to handle new residences, but not new industry.

"The character of this neighborhood hasn't changed," Baker said. "What has changed is the neighborhood is no longer suitable for industrial uses."

Commission chairman Doug Wright said the commission may vote in April on whether to suggest the zoning changes to the mayor and Hagerstown City Council. It would be up to the mayor and council to approve any zoning change, Wright said.

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