Planners recommend new zoning for center
The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday voted to recommend approval of the zoning for a proposed shopping center that would be built off Leitersburg Pike, but recommended that a historic house be preserved.
For now, Bethesda, Md.-based development company Faison is calling the project the Northeast Plaza. The 30-acre piece of farmland would be annexed under a proposal before the Hagerstown City Council.
At Wednesday night's meeting, the Planning Commission said it agreed that the zoning for the land should be C4, or regional shopping center, if the council decides to annex the land.
Earlier Wednesday, Faison officials confirmed that a Lowe's hardware store will be an anchor at the shopping center.
City Development Planner Stephen Bockmiller said the shopping center will be the first to be subjected to new city rules governing so-called big-box stores such as Lowe's. The rules set new parking, traffic and aesthetic standards for such stores.