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Hagerstown moves forward with plan to annex 5.16 acres of Pangborn property

City Council has not yet voted to approve it, but has introduced resolution and adoption of the plan

September 27, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

In a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the Hagerstown City Council adopted a plan for annexing 5.16 acres of property along Pangborn Boulevard that is owned by Pangborn Corp.

The council also voted 4-0 to introduce a resolution for annexing the property.

Introduction of the resolution and adoption of the plan allows the city to move forward with the annexation process, which includes hosting a public hearing in November. The council has not yet voted to approve annexing the property.

Most of the property, where the corporation formerly operated, lies within the city boundary, but a more than 5-acre piece remains outside the city, City Planner Alex Rohrbaugh said previously.

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, which are completely outside the city, he said.

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

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

Maher said the residents initially feared that being annexed 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 has also asked to rezone its entire property, including the piece currently within the city, to Professional Office Mixed, Rohrbaugh said previously. 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 5-acre portion of its property but leave a 12-foot strip along the east side.

Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood was absent Tuesday.

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