Developer plans 27-acre resort near Harpers Ferry

October 16, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. -- A planned resort that would feature a lodge with as many as 50 rooms and as many as 60 cottages is being planned for a 27-acre site near Harpers Ferry.

The proposed Rattling Springs resort would be on a site that is mostly forested, and the lodge would be on a knoll near Potomac Street that would offer views of the Potomac River, according to plans on file in the Jefferson County Planning Commission office.

Two-level cottages that are part of the resort would be in clusters of six, and visitors staying in the cottages would be assigned golf carts to move around the property about 1.6 miles from U.S. 340, according to the plans.

Plans list the owner and developer as Keith Turner and a group called Rattling Springs Associates, 1600 Anderson Road, McLean, Va.


The plans say Rattling Springs would provide a natural escape along the Potomac River and would allow people to experience a beautiful component of Jefferson County that is "generally limited to those who are fortunate to own land along the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers."

The resort would capitalize on the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore markets and a comprehensive plan for Jefferson County has identified tourism as an important part of the local economy that needs support, the plans state.

The project is being submitted as a conditional-use permit application because it is not permitted in the rural district, plans state.

Water for the development is proposed to come from the town of Harpers Ferry and it would use an on-site sewage treatment facility that would discharge into Elks Run, the plans state.

Harpers Ferry Mayor Jim Addy said Wednesday he was not aware of the development plans, but he said he doubts the town council would approve of extending water service to the resort.

Although developers typically pay to extend lines in such a project, Addy said pumping water to the development would be problematic.

"It would be very taxing to our system," Addy said.

Developers of the resort could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

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