Hagerstown briefs

August 09, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

City mulls sewer allocation requests

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday discussed two requests for residential sewer allocations from developers.

Developers of the proposed Linwood Hollow community requested allocations for 15 residential units, while developers of the proposed New Haven community requested allocations for five residential units.

Neither developer received the number of sewer allocations they requested this year, and they asked the council to allot units out of the discretionary reserve.

The developments are requesting an additional 4,000 gallons per day combined.

The discretionary reserve currently has 30,300 gallons per day available. The amount available rolls over every year.

Council members Kristin B. Aleshire and Lewis C. Metzner expressed concern about encouraging developers to make requests of the discretionary reserve.


Kathleen Maher, director of planning for the city, said that the discretionary reserve is just for new development.

Metzner said the discretionary reserve needs to be reworked so it doesn't build up while developers aren't awarded enough allocations in the first place.

Redevelopment plan for building considered

Larry Bayer, manager of the city's Community Development Department, recommended a plan Tuesday night for the redevelopment of the Roslyn Building, which the city purchased June 20, 1996, for $75,000.

The first floor of the building at 17-21 1/2 E. Franklin St. is commercial. Bayer recommended renovating the third floor into market rate rental housing units at an estimated cost of $576,800. The proposed renovation is eligible for Community Development Block Grants.

Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire asked about the possibility of a private company renovating the third floor into condominiums.

Bayer said that condominiums were a possibility, but that it would be difficult for a developer to realize a profit from the project.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said that she didn't think the city should go into the landlord-tenant business because it opens the city to more liability.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said that she would like to see a day-care center available to city employees on the second floor of the Roslyn Building.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II told Bayer to study the possibility of a second-floor day-care center.

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