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Charles Town briefs

November 18, 2008|By DAVE MCMILLION

Council OKs rezoning request for 57 acres



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town City Council members on Monday night approved rezoning 57 acres along the Charles Town Bypass from neighborhood residential to general commercial.

The property is near the intersection of East Washington Street and the Charles Town Bypass, the site of Ruby Tuesday restaurant and other commercial development.

Most of the property consists of the general commercial section, although other parts include about 50 affordable housing units on about 3 acres that are under construction, according to council members and officials with the project.

The First Charles Town Group owns property for the project and negotiations are ongoing about the specific development that will be on the site, Charles Town City Clerk Joe Cosentini said.

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"We look forward to all the retail that will be coming to the city," Mayor Peggy Smith said.

Smith said two "big box" stores will be anchors in the development and that more details of the project will be available in the next several weeks.

No room at the inn on inauguration weekend



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Anyone planning to stay in Charles Town around Jan. 20 might want to think twice.

Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith said during a Charles Town City Council meeting Monday night that all rooms in local hotels and motels are booked because of the upcoming Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

Smith said Ronnie Marcus, president of the Jefferson County Visitors and Convention Bureau, told her that all rooms within 75 miles of Washington, D.C., are booked.

Residents apparently want faster leaf pickup



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Several Charles Town City Council members said Monday night they have been getting complaints from city residents wanting to know when city workers are going to pick up leaves on city streets.

Residents are allowed to rake leaves to the edge of city streets for pick-up by the city.

City Manager Gary Rawlings told council members that city workers have been working to remove leaves and he talked about having part-time workers to speed up the process.

Council members said they were concerned about possible snowfall with leaves still on streets and leaves covering storm drains.

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