Berkeley County Planning Commission grants parking waiver to developer

July 11, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday evening granted a waiver to a developer who plans to open a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits restaurant in northern Berkeley County.

The Commission voted 7-1 to grant Nick Patel of Frederick, Md., a waiver to the county’s parking requirements for the proposed site in Spring Mills, W.Va. along the north side of W.Va. 901 at Vantage View Drive.

The businesses are proposed for two commercial buildings on a 1.26-acre site with 25 parking spaces.

Project engineer Richard B. Brill of Fox & Associates and property owner Allen Henry said after the planning commission meeting that the developer would like to open the businesses in the spring of 2012.

James “Jim” Whitacre, the Berkeley County Council’s representative on the Planning Commission, said after the meeting that the particular franchise businesses know their parking needs better than the county and suggested the county’s regulations need to be modified.

In other business, the Planning Commission granted preliminary plat approval to R.M. Roach & Sons Inc. of Martinsburg for the construction of a ROCS convenience store and fuel station along W.Va. 9 near Interstate  81 and Rock Cliff Drive.

The new location is proposed to be built on land owned by the company, a project representative told the commission.

The Planning Commission also voted to advance preliminary plans by the Back Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Department to build two fire station additions — a 1,736 square foot engine bay and a 540-square foot bunk room.

The station is at 1922 Back Creek Valley Road southwest of Hedgesville, W.Va.  

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