HAGERSTOWN -- Despite objections from one council member who is concerned about the spread of strip malls in the area, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the annexation of the Doub Farm property at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Interstate 70.
One project that had been proposed for the Doub site -- Hagerstown Towne Centre -- was set to move forward in October 2008, but the Washington County Commissioners declined to grant express approval for rezoning the property to Regional Shopping Center and Professional Office Mixed-Use.
With the city's annexation, developers will have to wait five years before building a shopping center at the site.
Councilwoman Ashley Haywood was the only council member to vote against the annexation, saying a disproportionate amount of strip malls and shopping centers is a detriment to the city and county.
Haywood said she is worried about small businesses not being able to stay above water when less-scrupulous practices of larger corporations overcome the thoughtfulness of offering ethical products or fair wages.