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Habitat subdivision moves forward

March 03, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle on Tuesday received the first of two approvals it needs to start work on a 26-lot residential subdivision it hopes to build in Martinsburg.

The city's Board of Zoning Appeals granted the nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization a special exception to requirements that an existing storm water management pond be expanded.

The Martinsburg Planning Commission at 7 p.m. this evening is expected to hold a public hearing for the organization's request to subdivide 6.83 acres to create 26 single-family lots and associated rights of way off West Race and Boston streets.

The Planning Commission also is expected to review the organization's site plan application for the project.

After Tuesday's hearing, Al Means of Habitat for Humanity said the exception granted Tuesday would allow for two additional homes to be built in the subdivision.

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The first home could be built as early as September through a "blitz-build" project, Means said.

Habitat for Humanity received $162,172 from the West Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund last fall, which Means said Tuesday would help pay for installation of utilities for the subdivision.

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