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Spiker: city could raise $350,000 in impact fees

February 23, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - City officials could raise about $350,000 by charging developers a service fee to develop 124 acres of land north of the city, City Utilities Director Mike Spiker said.

The service charge would be put into a fund and later used to pay for improvements to Eastern Boulevard and its feeder roads, he said.

Spiker said his office would collect the fee.

A large portion of the acreage that is being discussed lies north of Leitersburg Pike and south of Longmeadow Road, according to a map that Spiker gave the Hagerstown City Council during a Tuesday night work session.

The map shows that another area includes land north of Eastern Boulevard.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the fee would reduce the city's financial burden by securing money in advance to help pay for providing services such as roads, sewer and water, to future developments.

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"This is a legal and (defensible) fee to charge," he said.

Tissue said the city potentially could raise about $350,000 if the land would be developed as office space, or roughly $329,000 as duplexes for residential use.

"That's just an estimate," he said.

Antares Properties LLC is a company that owns about 3.1 acres within the 124 acres of land being discussed. Under a proposed agreement, if Antares pays the service charge, it would receive a credit against any fees associated with annexation should the city decide to annex the land.

Antares would not, however, receive a refund, according to the agreement.

During its Tuesday night meeting, the council is scheduled to discuss the Antares agreement.

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