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Annexation sought for apartment complex

October 26, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A developer has asked the city to annex land next to South Potomac Street, the site of a proposed 36-unit apartment complex.

The annexation request is a condition for receiving city water service, according to a memo by Stuart W. Bass, a comprehensive planner for the city.

During a public hearing at Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting, Bass said developer Paul N. Crampton Jr. has asked the city to apply a zone comparable to what the land has now in the county.

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Washington County has zoned the parcel Residential Multifamily, which allows apartments and town houses in urban areas.

Crampton has asked the city for an R3 zone (high-density residential), which also permits apartment complexes.

The 7.7 acres that Crampton owns is across from South Hagerstown High School.

It is within the county's urban growth boundary, Bass' memo says.

The developer would pay for public water and sewer service to be extended.

Council members Kelly S. Cromer and Penny M. Nigh raised questions about the drainage on the land, which is a flooding hazard for neighbors.

Jason Divelbiss, an attorney representing Crampton at the hearing, said the developer can clean out debris that might be part of the problem.

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire expressed concerns about traffic flow and why a projection of students did not include middle school.

The council took no action after the hearing.

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