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City to vote on proposed annexation of Eddie's Tire and former Food Lion

Clerk Donna Spickler said the resolution is to be on the Aug. 23 regular session agenda

August 09, 2011

The Hagerstown City Council is to vote this month on a proposed annexation of the former Food Lion property on Eastern Boulevard and the adjacent Eddie's Tire Service Inc. on Diamond Drive.

The city council was scheduled to discuss the annexation at its work session Tuesday, but no discussion took place.

City Clerk Donna Spickler said the annexation resolution is to be on the Aug. 23 regular session agenda for a final council vote. It was introduced in June.

The council held a public hearing on the proposed annexation on July 26, where only an owner of the former Food Lion property spoke.

Bob Toft, of Stone Soup LLC, which owns the property, said at the hearing that the ownership was excited to become part of the city of Hagerstown.

Stone Soup proposes to redevelop the former Food Lion property for medical offices and petitioned to annex into the city to expedite the permitting process, City Planner Alex Rohrbaugh said during the hearing.

Annexing only the former Food Lion property would have created an enclave of county land at Eddie's Tire Service, so the city reached out to Eddie's, which agreed to also annex into the city, Rohrbaugh said.

Annexing the two properties will add a little more than 4.2 acres to the city of Hagerstown, he said. Upon annexation, the properties would be zoned C2 or commerical general, Rohrbaugh said.

If the annexation is approved Aug. 23, it will become effective 45 days later.

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