Hagerstown condo plan put on hold

November 06, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - A developer's plan to build 120 condominiums in the South Pointe development on East Oak Ridge Drive was put on hold Monday by the Washington County Planning Commission.

The commission members tabled developer Paul Crampton's request to build the condominiums, saying they would revisit the matter after Crampton holds a meeting with people who already settled in that area.

Commission members Linda Parrish and Bernard Moser said they were concerned, in part, because Crampton has changed his plans three times for the property's use since 1991.

Before he asked to build the condominiums, Crampton received permission to build apartments and, later, a senior retirement center on the property.


He said he decided against building the senior retirement center because having an assisted-living facility with nursing care was "a little over the top for us."

"We don't want to get involved with that," he said.

Parrish said she was concerned that people who bought into the property earlier might not get what they wanted.

"I feel we're switching gears after people have already invested ... I don't think it's right to go back and switch on them," she said.

Crampton's latest plan includes building the condominiums within several three-story structures. The development would have 152 underground and 88 above-ground parking spaces.

Rezoning suggested

The Washington County Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended rezoning about 30 acres of property near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Md. 65.

The recommendation has to come before the Washington County Commissioners for final approval, Commissioner James F. Kercheval said. He said he anticipated the commissioners would vote on the issue in about two weeks.

If the commissioners approve, the parcel behind the Sleep Inn hotel would be rezoned from Highway Interchange 2 to Highway Interchange 1.

Sassan Shaool, managing partner of Washco Arnett Farm LLC, the property's owner, said last week a retail center would be built on the land if the rezoning is approved.

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