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Rezoning could lead to more home construction

June 29, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Martinsburg city officials on Monday rezoned 232 acres along Delmar Orchard Road, a move that could allow several hundred homes to be built on the property, a city official said.

The property is near Orchard View Elementary School.

The property, which is owned by Oates Partnership, was annexed into Martinsburg four years ago, said Mike Covell, the city's planner and engineer.

At that time, it was zoned community business, Covell said.

Although the property was zoned for business, the property owners indicated they would do research on possible uses for the land, Covell said.

There has been a concept for a residential community on the property, but no plans have been made public, Covell said.

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On Monday, the Martinsburg City Council gave final approval to change the zoning of the property from community business to multi-family, medium-density residential, Covell said.

Under that zoning classification, any housing development on the property "could easily reach several hundred homes," Covell said.

Council member Richard Yauger said he believes some retail business may also be allowed on the property.

Owners of the property could not be reached for comment Monday night.

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