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Hagerstown City Council denies quitclaim request

December 19, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The City of Hagerstown will retain control of a portion of land near the Morris Frock American Legion on Northern Avenue.

On Tuesday, the City Council adopted a resolution to deny developer Jerry Spessard's request in which he asked the city to "quitclaim" or abandon its interest in about 400 feet of land that stretches from the end of Country Club Road toward the American Legion.

The land runs down the middle of two pieces of property that Spessard owns. Spessard has said in the past that he wanted control of the land to connect his properties.

City Comprehensive Planner Stuart Bass said a road was supposed to have been built several years ago on the land to connect Country Club Road to Woodland Way, but the project was never finished.

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The City Council agreed to keep the land in case it would be needed for public use in the future.

Several residents who live near the land applauded the council's decision from the audience.

Mark Meany, who lives in the 1300 block of Woodland Way, said the resolution will prevent the area from becoming too dense because Spessard wanted to build more residential units there.

Last month, Meany presented city officials with a letter that was signed by roughly 185 residents who opposed giving Spessard the land.

On Nov. 14, the Hagerstown Planning Commission agreed to recommend to the council that the city keep the property.

The resolution became effective immediately after it was passed.

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