Public hearing slated on conversion district overlay

July 26, 2010

The Hagerstown City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday for its first local conversion district overlay application.

The city is considering applying an overlay to the old View Street Diner property at 800 View St.

Applying the overlay would allow owners Alan and Frances Clingan to reopen a restaurant on the main level and continue operating a retail hobby shop in the basement, according to city documents.

Members of the public will be able to comment on the overlay at the 7 p.m. city council meeting, according to city documents.

City Comprehensive Planner Stuart Bass said the overlay is site-specific and would only apply to that property.

The former diner is currently zoned R1 residential, he said, adding that it previously had mixed uses.

Local conversion district overlays allow adaptive reuse of existing nonresidential and mixed-use structures embedded within residential communities, he said.

In the R1 district, a structure must have existed before Oct. 1, 1956, for the overlay to apply, according to city documents.


The public comment period on the overlay district will remain open for 10 days, Bass said.

-- Kate S. Alexander

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