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Hagerstown considers annexing 12.25 acres from county

November 09, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The City of Hagerstown is talking about annexing from the county about 12.25 acres of land at the intersection of Broadfording and Hollyhock roads, just north of the Centre at Hagerstown.

Representatives of Venetian Investments of Gaithersburg, Md., one of the land's two owners, did not return telephone messages seeking comment on the property's future use.

The other landowner, Don Bowman, said plans are in a holding pattern until the annexation is final.

"We have things in mind, but we don't have anything cooking," he said.

In a concept plan that was submitted recently to the city, a hotel, eight restaurants and a bank were among the businesses being considered for construction, City Planning Director Kathleen Maher said. The proposed zoning for the land is commercial general, meaning almost any business smaller than 75,000 square feet could be built there.

Because concept plans are preliminary, the city won't know more until the annexation is approved and a formal site plan has been submitted, Maher said.

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Before construction can begin, the developers have to raze several single-family units on the property, she said.

The Washington County Engineering Department reported inquiries were made Wednesday about obtaining a permit to demolish the units, but nothing has been submitted formally.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he supports the preliminary annexation plan. In addition to proposed commercial properties bringing more tax money to the city, the annexation would form an appropriate border, he said.

Attempts to reach the other council members by e-mail or telephone were unsuccessful.

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