City Council OKs annexation of land off Leitersburg Pike

September 28, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

A request for the city to annex 30 acres off Leitersburg Pike for a 250,000-square-foot shopping center was approved by the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.

The land is zoned "planned business." The new zone would be "C4," which allows regional shopping centers.

Faison Enterprises, the company applying for the zone change, has said it wants a 135,000-square-foot Lowe's home improvement store as an anchor.

Faison Enterprise's Web site also shows a 65,000-square-foot grocery store, 27,000 square feet of specialty shops, a bank, a drug store, a restaurant and a gas station.

It says the center would open in the fall of 2006.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said before the council voted that the land is going to be developed and it is better for the city to have some control over it and to derive some tax revenue.


The property is across from Long Meadow Shopping Center.

Faison Enterprises is based in Charlotte, N.C., and has an office in Bethesda, Md.

At a public hearing in August, residents of the nearby Cortland Manor neighborhood expressed concerns about traffic, the effect on the city's sewer system and land improvements.

The annexation will take effect Nov. 11.

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