Hagerstown City Council briefs

August 25, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

City votes to buy portion of alley

The Hagerstown City Council voted narrowly to buy for $50,000 a 2,300-square-foot portion of an alley, which would be used as access to the city's parking deck under construction.

Council members Kristin B. Aleshire and Kelly S. Cromer voted in favor; Penny M. Nigh and Alesia D. Parson-McBean voted against; and Lewis C. Metzner, who chaired the meeting in the mayor's absence, cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the acquisition.

The parking deck is being built to support businesses in the city's Arts and Entertainment District. Nigh has opposed spending on the deck, saying it is unnecessary.

Council approves two land annexations

The Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to approve two land annexations, but voted to hold off making a decision on a third.


As a result of a 4-0 vote, the city will annex the 29.3-acre Light property with a C2 land-use designation. That designation is for moderate commercial use.

Also by a 4-0 vote, the city will annex the 18.4-acre Crumrine property. It has a single-family home and will be given an agricultural land-use designation. No further development is proposed.

The 52-acre annexation known as the Haven Road Annexation was tabled again this month by a 4-0 vote. It has been tabled or delayed several times because there are uncertainties over how the county's adequate public facilities ordinance will affect the proposed 376-home project on the land.

The council also voted 4-0 to introduce two other annexations: the 7.7-acre Crampton Annexation, on which 36 apartments would be built across from South Hagerstown High School; and the 66.6-acre Snook Annexation, a proposal that would mix residential and commercial land uses south of the Centre at Hagerstown.

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