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Morris Frock post eyes zoning change

March 31, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

The Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 is considering whether to pursue a historical designation or rezoning for the Northern Avenue building it has put up for sale.

"We were looking at it from a marketing standpoint of what can go in there," Post Commander Frank Getz said by phone Thursday.

Getz, Ken Conway - who served last year as post commander - and real estate agent Gary Glocker presented information about the post's 405 Northern Ave. building to members of the Hagerstown Planning Commission during the commission's meeting Wednesday night.

The building has a nonconforming use in area zoned residential, but the post might decide to seek rezoning to allow commercial uses, Getz said. It might also seek a historic overlay, which would protect how the building looks on the outside, he said.

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"The C-2 (zoning) with the historic overlay, it opens up what can go in there, as well as preserves the outside of the building," Getz said.

The post is asking for $2.5 million for the building and the land surrounding it, Getz said Thursday. In all, of the approximately 7.54 acres for sale, only about 5 acres can built on, he said.

While people have toured the building, Getz said no one yet has made an offer.

Stephen R. Bockmiller, development planner and zoning administrator for the City of Hagerstown, said Thursday the process to seek a historic overlay, which takes about five months, can be pursued at the same time as rezoning is considered. Currently, about half a dozen buildings in Hagerstown have historic overlay, he said.

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