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Hagerstown council unofficially votes to keep control of land near Legion

December 05, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unofficially voted to maintain the city's interest in a piece of land that sits near the American Legion.

The 400-foot stretch of land extends from the end of Country Club Road toward the American Legion and separates lots that are owned by developer Jerry Spessard.

In the past, Spessard has asked the city to abandon the land, or quitclaim it, so he could split the property down the middle and add it to his lots.

Originally, a road was supposed to have been built on the land to connect Country Club Road to Woodland Way, City Comprehensive Planner Stuart Bass said last month. Because the job was never finished, the land sits vacant where the road should have been built.

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On Nov. 14, the Hagerstown Planning Commission agreed that the city should maintain its interest in the land and passed that recommendation on to the City Council.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II suggested to the council that it should follow the planning commission's recommendation to reject Spessard's request. The land should be left untouched, he said, in case it is needed by the city for public use in the future.

The five members of the council then took a straw vote and agreed unanimously with the mayor and planning commission.

The council will take an official vote during a meeting Dec. 18.

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