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Developers trying to squeeze more into less

April 27, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - To prevent construction of a proposed housing project in east Hagerstown from spilling too close to Fairgrounds and Pangborn parks, the developers want to concentrate more homes in a smaller space.

City Comprehensive Planner Stuart W. Bass presented the proposal to the Hagerstown Planning Commission during a meeting Wednesday night.

He said the developers have to get permission from the City Council to create a planned unit development, which would give them more flexibility under the city's existing zoning laws.

The proposed Brook Meadow Townhomes would consist of 90 town houses and increase the city's population by about 234 residents, based on a household of 2.6 people, he said.

City documents show the property's owners are Security Road LLC and MBP LLC.

The property in question, which is just more than 20 acres, is residentially zoned, Bass said.

The land is bordered by Security Road, Hamilton Run, Pangborn Park and the Pangborn Park Triplexes.

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Sewer service to the proposed development would be extended from sewers already in the area, he said. Further sewer upgrades would be paid for by the developer.

Improvements to roads at the site would be completed at the developer's expense as well, he said.

As part of the project, Bass said the developer would create a small forest by planting trees just west of the development.

The planning commission is scheduled to discuss the issue further at its May 9 meeting, said Douglas S. Wright Jr., planning commission chairman.

He said the planning commission only has the authority to make recommendations on such issues to the Hagerstown mayor and City Council, whose members will have the final say.

It is Wright's understanding that the town houses would sell for about $250,000 each, he said.

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