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Charles Town to hear more land requests tonight

April 17, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town City Council is expected to consider several annexation requests tonight, including a 27-acre site across from the Huntfield development that is expected to be a favored place for businesses associated with the proposed new Jefferson Memorial Hospital, city officials said.

Council members also expect to hear a presentation about a proposed annexation of 99 acres of land near the site where a new high school is being built adjacent to Huntfield, city officials said.

City Clerk Joe Cosentini said he did not know what is being proposed for the 99 acres, which is owned by Doug Stolipher.

The 27-acre site being sought for annexation into the city is being proposed by Augustine Associates, LLC. Office space is being planned for the site, and it is expected the space would be ideal to serve medical businesses associated with the hospital, council member Don Clendening said.

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Jefferson Memorial Hospital officials have discussed building a new hospital on land near Old Cave Road south of the city. Greenvest LC, which is planning residential development in the area, donated 30 acres for the hospital.

Other annexations expected to be presented to the council include:

· An 8.9-acre tract off Summit Point Road that was being proposed for residential development, Cosentini said. It is owned by Jim Buchanan.

· More than 6 acres near the Crosswinds development east of the city. That land is owned by Arcadia-Norborne Glebe LLC and is proposed for commercial use.

Some city officials have said they want to annex land into the city where commercial growth can occur and generate more tax revenue for the city.

Mayor Peggy Smith said she would like the land around the new hospital to be developed similar to the medical development surrounding Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Annexations have been a touchy issue at times as cities try to take in more land for tax revenue while county officials complain they sometimes complicate their land planning efforts.

Tonight's council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Zion Episcopal Church Hall at 221 E. Washington St.

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