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Doub Farm zoning hearing is Tuesday

April 21, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Hagerstown officials will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the zoning of the Doub Farm property near the interchange of Interstate 70 and U.S. 40.

During recent meetings, Phillip Ross of Petrie Ross Ventures, a mid-Atlantic developing firm, has expressed interest in having the property rezoned so he could build a $242 million shopping center and business offices there.

Ross said his proposal would encompass about 120 acres and create about 9,000 jobs. In addition, the shopping center would generate close to $1.1 million in tax revenue for the city, Ross said.

Opponents, however, have said Ross' proposal would deter retail development in the downtown, an area in which city officials are trying to promote economic growth.

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If the city annexes the property from Washington County, Hagerstown Planning Director Kathleen Maher has recommended that the land be rezoned not for retail use, but for residential and business office use to draw higher-paying jobs.

Maher's recommendation is included in the city's comprehensive plan, a document that addresses ways to handle growth in the city for the next 20 years.

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