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Developer's bond released despite residents' concerns

February 06, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Planning Commission agreed Monday night to release a bond for the Crestfield subdivision despite concerns from homeowners in the subdivision about the condition of roads.

The Crestfield subdivision, being built on Bee Street off U.S. 11 in the Pikeside area south of Martinsburg, has 61 single-family lots on 16 acres, although residents say the subdivision is expected to have more than 100 homes.

Several people who own homes in Crestfield showed up at the planning commission meeting Monday to express concerns about the development.

Outside the meeting, several homeowners said sinkholes in the subdivision have caused roads to be unstable. Homeowners say they are worried about being saddled with the cost of improving the roads if the county does not require the developer to address the problem now.

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Planning commission staff said Monday night that the developer, THZ, LLC, of Charles Town, W.Va., has been cooperative in doing drainage work in the subdivision and they felt that the citizen concerns had been addressed.

"Between the county engineer and the developer, we don't have a chance," said Don Everhart, president of the homeowners association in the Crestfield subdivision.

"We have been in here I don't know how many times," Everhart said.

Homeowners were upset at the meeting because they said they were told the bond would not be released until their complaints were addressed. Releasing the bond ensures the project is built according to county regulations.

"You pay $300,000 for a house in there and this is what you got to put up with," Crestfield resident Arthur Fazio said.

A developer is required to put money down through a bond to guarantee county regulations are complied with, planning commission officials said.

The planning commission agreed to release two bonds totaling $96,267 for the Crestfield subdivision.

Planning Commission member Ron Collins did not speak about the roads specifically, but said he believed Crestfield developers had exceeded what they were required to do in the development.

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