City skeptical of development proposal

June 23, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

Some members of the Hagerstown City Council were skeptical Tuesday when they were presented with facts about the proposed Brook Meadow Townhomes development on the north side of Security Road near Pangborn Park.

Developers Security Road LLC and MBP LLC and their attorney, Jason Divelbiss, addressed the council during a scheduled public hearing that was attended by a few people, most of whom were city employees.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said she was concerned that there wouldn't be enough parking if the 90 town homes were built because other similar developments in that area have vehicles blocking sidewalks and clogging streets. She suggested decreasing the number of proposed town homes by 15 units.

Divelbiss said that Cromer's proposal to build 75 units rather than 90 could cause the developers to nix their plans, considering fewer town homes might not create a worthwhile financial return.


The city zoning ordinance requires two off-street parking spaces per dwelling for residential use. An additional space, which can be on- or off-street parking, is required per unit by the engineering department.

City documents show that every unit would have at least two spaces, one each in the garage and driveway. In addition, there would be 22 on-street spaces to complement three nearby parking lots that boast 75 more spaces.

All together, 277 spaces would be available, according to the documents.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said a parking lot close to the proposed development was city property and could not be used by the tenants.

He disagreed when Divelbiss said the development's homeowners' association would regulate parking.

Because the town homes wouldn't have basements, a few council members said that residents would use the garages for storage instead of parking, and reduce the number of spaces even further.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said similar developments have succeeded at first, but when the original tenants - usually single people and married couples without children - sold to larger families, parking problems developed.

The council did not take action Tuesday on the development.

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