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Planners back plans for new funeral home in Spring Mills

September 13, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Planning Commission recommended the approval of plans for a longtime Eastern Panhandle funeral home operator to build new facilities in Spring Mills, W.Va.

The sketch plan for Brown Funeral Home’s North Berkeley Chapel proposes a 14,500-square-foot funeral home, 4,000-square-foot crematory/garage and a 2,400-square-foot family center on 5.49 acres along Dupont Road and Williamsport Pike (U.S. 11), according to county planning officials.  

Project engineer Randy Litwin of Lavelle & Associates Inc. said construction, which still must receive final plan approval from the county, could begin shortly after such approval is met.

No one spoke at Monday’s public hearing on the project.

A person answering the phone at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg said Monday evening that owner Robert C. Fields was out of the office this week and unavailable to comment.

Started in 1885, Brown Funeral Home Inc. operates facilities on King Street in Martinsburg, the Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson, W.Va., and the South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood, W.Va., according to the business’ website.

Litwin said three commercial lots could possibly be developed in close proximity to the new funeral home property, which is to be subdivided from a 54.1-acre parcel. The property is less than a mile from the intersection of W.Va. 901 and Williamsport Pike.

In other action Monday, the planning commission voted to advance sketch plans by Rockville, Md.-based Stewart Enterprises Inc. to build a mausoleum on 1.3 acres at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, which is near the intersection of Charles Town Road (old W.Va. 9) and ID Van Metre Road.

Project engineer Jason P. Gerhart of William H. Gordon Associates Inc. said the mausoleum is the first of three buildings envisioned for the property.

Gerhart said in a brief interview that the construction proposed could begin next year.

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