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House demolished to make way for development

July 16, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The former Mount Aetna Road home of attorney Ken Mackley was demolished Thursday as part of a development planned near Dual Highway.

Asad Ghattas' development company, Ghattas Enterprises, has proposed a three-story office building, including a bank on the first floor.

Ghattas Enterprises hasn't submitted a site plan to the Washington County Planning Department, but county records show he received a demolition permit on July 2.

Ghattas Enterprises also is constructing a three-story office building farther east on Dual Highway, where the Red Horse Steak House & Anvil Bar once sat.

The 55,000-square-foot Dual Highway building will be Susquehanna Bank's new corporate headquarters.

The building Ghattas Enterprises has planned for 1219 Mount Aetna Road would be about 25,000 square feet, according to a rendering on file with the county.

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Under the name Maugans Avenue Development LLC, Ghattas bought 1219 Mount Aetna Road from Mackwest LLC for $1.1 million on June 26, according to Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records.

In 2007, Mackwest considered building a 4,200-square-foot drive-through restaurant on that parcel, which is zoned for local business.

Daniel DiVito, Washington County's director of permits and inspections, said Mackwest LLC talked about putting a Chick-fil-A restaurant there.

Mackwest LLC bought the property from Heidi Mackley for $950,000 in 2006, according to records.

Mackley, a longtime local attorney, died in 2002. At the time, then-Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III described Mackley as the "dean of attorneys" because of his experience, knowledge of the law and strong belief in honest representation.

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