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Six acres off Eastern Blvd. might be annexed

discussion today

June 05, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council is scheduled this afternoon to discuss annexing almost six acres of land off Eastern Boulevard, just across from the Hillside Manor Development.

City Comprehensive Planner Stuart Bass said city policy requires the council to consider annexing land that is proposed for development and contiguous with city limits.

The land would need city water and sewer services, he said. If the development is approved, Bass said those utility lines would have to be extended under Eastern Boulevard.

At this point, planning for the proposed development is in the early stages, meaning the start of construction and the cost of the homes have not been decided, he said.

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City documents show that Ben Shaool Construction wants to build about 25 homes on the parcel.

The land is zoned residential for single-family and two-family dwellings.

Discussions about the proposed annexation have been held before, Bass said. The proposal stalled after officials expressed concerns about redeveloping Eastern Boulevard in that area.

Some Antietam Drive residents whose properties border the land complained at a public hearing last summer that the development would cause traffic problems and water runoff.

According to a city memorandum, failure to annex the land would not prevent the development from moving forward, but guarantee that the city would absorb increased traffic problems without collecting any of the tax revenue.

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