HAGERSTOWN -- An argument broke out Tuesday when Hagerstown City Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer accused the mayor and her colleagues on the council of holding private discussions about the Doub Farm property.
Phillip Ross of Petrie Ross Ventures, a mid-Atlantic developing firm, has expressed interest in building a shopping center and office buildings on the 140-acre property, which is at the northeast corner of the intersection at U.S. 40 and Interstate 70.
About 80 people attended a public hearing Tuesday to hear Ross discuss the project. Many of the people in the audience were residents who live in that area. A vast majority of the people spoke against the development, saying it would decrease their property values.
During the discussion, Cromer said she had questions to ask Ross in public because Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and other members of the council discussed the issue in a private session after a work session last week.