Commercial retail center planned in Hagerstown's south end

September 23, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |

Bowman Development plans to build a commercial retail center in Hagerstown's south end, not far from Premium Outlets.

On Aug. 10, the Hagerstown Planning Commission gave site-plan approval for the project, which is called Oak Ridge Mills.

A site plan shows several buildings near Sheetz at South Potomac Street and East Oak Ridge Drive.

The planning commission's approval lets Bowman Development Corp. grade the property, preparing it for future use.

Bowman Development hasn't decided what stores will be at the center, President David C. Taylor said Friday.

The site plan shows at least five buildings on the 13.36-acre property totaling about 75,000 square feet, plus a bank with no square footage given.

Taylor said the buildings shown on the site plan are rough estimates and could change.

The project file at the city's planning office includes an email Taylor sent to some local business officials in February.

He wrote that Bowman Development was looking for possible banks, casual dining or fast-food restaurants, and grocery stores as tenants.

A grocery store could anchor the site, he wrote.

However, the largest building on the site plan is shown as about 26,000 square foot, much smaller than a typical grocery store.

Asked on Friday if a grocery store still is possible, Taylor said, "We're looking for anybody."

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