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Developer plans more than 500 town houses

March 30, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

A developer is considering building more than 500 town houses on a 94-acre property near Dual Highway. The development would include creation of roads that could alleviate traffic at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and U.S. 40, one of the property's planners told the Hagerstown Planning Commission.

"I think that's the intent with the development, whether it's a partnership or however that's resolved," said Steve Zoretich, vice president of Frederick, Seibert & Associates Inc.

Zoretich and Jeff Ott, a land acquisitions manager for Centex Homes in Gaithersburg, Md., presented preliminary plans to the Hagerstown Planning Commission for consultation Wednesday. Initial plans call for the property known as the Harrison tract to be arranged as a cluster development featuring town houses on smaller lots and more open space than some developments, said Stephen R. Bockmiller, development planner and zoning administrator for the City of Hagerstown.

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The development of about 530 units would include a park in the center, and it would emphasize green space, Zoretich said. A stormwater pond with complete landscaping would be on the Dual Highway side of the project, he said.

Though the property could accommodate as many as 700 units, Ott said Centex Homes plans to create a development that is not as dense.

Possible connections to nearby roads including Fair Meadows Boulevard, Bittersweet Drive and the proposed Paul Smith Boulevard could alleviate congestion at Edgewood Drive and U.S. 40, Zoretich said.

"We'd love to make this a signature property," Ott said.

As Ott talked about the property's green space and streetscapes, Hagerstown Planning Commission member Kristin B. Aleshire looked over the plans.

"That's a lot of units," Aleshire concluded.

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