Annexation request granted in Ranson

May 05, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

RANSON, W.Va. - The Ranson City Council on Tuesday night gave final approval to a request to annex 375 acres where a group of developers plans to build a 1,337-unit subdivision and commercial area.

Herb Jonkers, one of the property's developers, said after the meeting that construction on the Tackley Mill and Blackford Farm could begin in six months after engineering and other work is completed.

The property is about five miles north of Ranson at the intersection of W.Va. 9 and Wiltshire Road.

The 1,337 housing units planned for Tackley Mill and Blackford Farm will consist of 485 single-family homes, 460 apartment units, 225 townhouses and 167 patio units, said Ranson City Manager David Mills.


The development will be built over a 15-year period, Mills has said.

The commercial area in the development is expected to include a medical office area and up to 60,000 square feet of office space, Mills said. Other features include bike paths and a lake with a bridge across it, Mills said.

A public hearing was held along with the second reading of the annexation Tuesday night.

Several residents commented about the annexation, with some sharing concerns about water availability.

Ranson Mayor David Hamill said he is sure the appropriate regulatory agencies have identified no problems with those issues.

Hamill said he has had "mixed emotions" about the project because Ranson will grow in one way or another in coming years.

Because the 375 acres is in the county, the developers also submitted a site development plan with the Jefferson County Planning Commission. That plan called for building only 700 homes because of county development restrictions.

The developers submitted both plans until they could decide how they want to proceed, Mills said.

Jonkers said Tuesday the county plan would be dropped.

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