Charles Town annexations are given preliminary nod

April 18, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Several annexations to the City of Charles Town were given preliminary approval Tuesday night, including a 27-acre site south of downtown that would include 120,000 square feet of commercial space and 36,000 square feet of office space.

City officials have said the site, across from the Huntfield development south of downtown, would be ideal for medical businesses associated with a proposed new Jefferson Memorial Hospital nearby.

The Charles Town City Council approved the first reading of the annexation proposed by Augustine Associates, LLC. Two readings are needed to bring the property into the city.

Council members also gave preliminary approval to:

· A 6.4-acre annexation east of town near the Crosswinds development that is being proposed by Arcadia-Norborne Glebe LLC and is proposed for commercial use


· An 8.9-acre annexation off Summit Point Road next to Huntfield, where residential development is planned.

Council members also heard about a proposed annexation to the city that involved a 99-acre tract along U.S. 340 south across from where a new high school is being built. The land is owned by Doug Stolipher and will be mostly commercial development, a spokeswoman for the project said.

The council has not yet considered a first reading of that annexation request.

Any annexations approved by cities must be certified by the Jefferson County Commission and the commissioners have declined to certify some for various reasons.

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.

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