Town-house project advanced by Berkeley County Planning Commission

January 10, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Plans for 116 town homes in the Falling Waters, W.Va., area were advanced by the Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday night.

Developed by Panhandle Homes of Berkeley County, the Brookfield subdivision town-house project on 18.3 acres off Broad Lane has attracted buyers from the Washington D.C., area, said Lyn Marsh Hansen of Panhandle Homes.

Panhandle Homes sold the lots in Brookfield to Ryan Homes, which is building the town houses, Hansen said.

While development of single-family homes in the subdivision continues, Hansen said the demand for town-home lots seems to be pretty strong there.

Little more than a mile from exit 23 off Interstate 81, Brookfield was recognized as the 2010 Residential Development of the Year by the Home Builders Association of West Virginia, Hansen said.

The community’s access to the Potomac River via a boat ramp and two pavilions on 12 acres of preserved land are among the amenities touted by Panhandle Homes on its website.

Since 2006, county officials have reviewed plans for 90 single-family homes on about 174 acres and 164 single- family homes on 255 acres in Brookfield, according to county records.

In other business Monday, Berle;ey County legal counsel Norwood Bentley III told planning commissioners that the developers of Mt. Carmel subdivision have responded to concerns about the condition of the road that serves the residential project.

Last month, Bentley was authorized by the planning commission to file suit against Mt. Carmel Enterprises LLC in an attempt to compel them to help pay for paving work that was not initially required by the county.

Bentely said he has a meeting scheduled with the developer, but does not know any further details.

The developer received planning commission approval for the subdivision more than five years ago, but was not required to pave the road after insisting it was part of the state system, officials have said.

State highway officials have since determined that only part of the road was in the system, but then added the remaining portion last fall. The state Division of Highways in November 2010 agreed to provide labor and equipment to pave the road with a county bearing the cost of paving materials.

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