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Plat request approved for town houses

February 01, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a developer's final plat request to build 82 town houses close to downtown.

Bruce Pitts, president of Revere Development of Gaithersburg, Md., said town houses in the project, known as Deerfield Knolls, will cost about $265,000 each. But that price could change based on market fluctuation, he said.

Deerfield Knolls is situated on roughly 6.2 acres of land on the west side of Burhans Boulevard, just north of Salem Avenue, Pitts said.

Revere Development is in the process of soliciting offers from people who are interested in buying one of the town houses, Pitts said. If everything goes well, construction on the town houses could begin in June and finish by late 2008, he said.

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However, the development's infrastructure has to be built before construction on the town houses begins, Pitts said. That includes running water and sewer lines, and building roads. Work on the infrastructure hopefully will start when the winter weather breaks, he said.

Michael Shifler, the project's engineer, said Mineral Avenue, a gravel road that leads to the development, will be widened from about 22 to 29 feet to accommodate increased traffic.

The planning commission voted 5-0 to approve the final plat. Commission Chairman Douglas S. Wright Jr. abstained.

Wright said after the meeting that he didn't vote because he has "financial connections to the property."

Revere Development hit a snag when the plan for Deerfield Knolls was introduced last March.

The city's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance required Revere Development to submit a mitigation plan because the project is in an area in which schools are over capacity.

The Hagerstown City Council voted 4-1 in October to approve that plan.

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