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Hagerstown officials to consider annexation of more former Pangborn property

September 25, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown City Council will vote Tuesday on introducing a measure to annex a portion of the former Pangborn Corp. site.

While most of the property lies within the city boundary, a piece measuring more than five acres remains outside the city, City Planner Alex Rohrbaugh said.

The corporation has petitioned to be annexed into the city, he said.

However, annexing the entire remaining piece of Pangborn’s lot would isolate five residential lots farther south on Pangborn Boulevard that are completely outside the city, he said.

The properties to the east, west and south of the residential lots also are within the city, according to city documents.

City Planning Director Kathy Maher said city staff reached out to the five residential property owners about being annexed into the city and they told her there was nothing the city could offer that would convince them to do so.

Maher said the residents initially feared that being annexed into the city would be like helping to create more high-density housing in the area.

The segment of the Pangborn property already in the city was rezoned from Industrial General to Neighborhood Mixed Use during the comprehensive rezoning process to aid the adaptive reuse of former factory buildings, Rohrbaugh said.

Since that time, Pangborn has torn down all but one building on the property, he said.

Along with the annexation, Pangborn also has asked to rezone its entire property, including the piece currently within the city, to Professional Office Mixed, Rohrbaugh said. Since the county’s Industrial General zoning and the city’s Professional Office Mixed are not consistent, the city will seek express approval of a zoning change from the county commissioners, he said.
 
To avoid enclaving the residential properties, Pangborn has petitioned to annex all of the approximately five-acre portion of its property but leave a 12-foot strip along the east side.

The council will vote on the annexation plan and the introduction of the annexation resolution during its Tuesday regular session at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

A public hearing on the annexation will be held later this year.

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