HAGERSTOWN - The owner of a nearly six-acre parcel of land being considered for annexation has looked at building about 25 houses on the property off Eastern Boulevard, city officials said at a public hearing Tuesday.
Antietam Drive residents, whose properties abut the land, told City Council members they are concerned that development would worsen water runoff problems and create traffic headaches.
According to City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, the city council could vote as early as its September meeting whether to annex the Shaool property. As it is zoned by Washington County, the 5.948-acre parcel is residential suburban, a designation that allows single-family and duplex housing, City Comprehensive Planner Stuart W. Bass said.
Michael Walchshauser, who has lived at 633 Antietam Drive for 20 years, said the construction of Hillside Manor has led to flooding problems for the homes below, and he predicted "major issues" if other areas are developed.