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Washington County Planning Commission briefs

October 07, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Washington County Planning Commission approved the following site plan proposals Monday:

o A 199-foot monopole cell tower on Boyd Mountain. The tower will be south of Interstate 70 between Big Pool and Gehr roads.

It will include six antennae with room for six more, Planner Lisa Kelly said. The first six antennae have been leased to Verizon, a representative for the tower's developer said at the meeting.

The Washington County Historic District Commission objected to the tower because of its proximity to Fort Frederick, but the Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception to allow the tower to be built.

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The developer representative said the tower will not be visible from the fort but can be seen from Big Pool Road.

o A Dunkin Donuts with a drive-thru near the intersection of Md. 632 and Oak Ridge Drive.

The restaurant will be opened in an existing, vacant bank building in a shopping center that includes Freddie's Sub Shop, a liquor store and Bow Wow Station.

o A power substation on the Fort Ritchie redevelopment site.

Allegheny Power will take over a 3.6-acre lot to build the substation, which will replace an existing, outdated substation that served the former Army base.

All lines to and from the substation will run underground.

o A Gerald N. Minnich funeral home on Robinwood Drive, adjacent to the Elks Lodge. The funeral home will share a driveway with the Elks Lodge.

o A 10,000-square-foot addition to an existing metal fabrication plant on the east side of Smithsburg Pike.

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