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Berkeley County briefs

April 10, 2012

Berkeley County awarded Think Green grant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County was one of 41 communities nationwide to be awarded a Think Green grant announced recently by Keep America Beautiful.

The $5,000 award, made possible by Waste Management Inc.’s “Think Green” community improvement grant program, will be used for landscaping at Berkeley County’s new public safety building, according to county and Waste Management officials.

Waste Management spokeswoman Cheryl Shields said a formal presentation of the grant award to the Berkeley County Council has not been scheduled.

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Berkeley County was the only grant recipient in West Virginia, according to a March 28 news release.

The grant awards were announced by Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit community action and education organization.

Dollar store plans supported by planners

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Sketch plans for a Dollar General store in Falling Waters, W.Va., were backed Monday night by the Berkeley County Planning Commission, according to county officials.

The developer of the project, St. Louis, Mo.,-based 47D3 LLC, has proposed construction of a 9,100 square-foot retail store along U.S. 11 near exit 23 of Interstate 81, according to county planning department records.

If plans receive final approval, the store would be built on a 1.07-acre lot near the new Riverside Marketplace shopping center on the opposite side of U.S. 11, county officials said.

Aside from advancing the project’s plans to the preliminary plan review stage, county officials approved granting an exception to rules that require installation of sidewalks for the project.

The engineer told county officials that steep grades to the front and rear of the site would make sidewalks difficult and noted improvements slated for U.S. 11 would potentially create an “undesirable condition for pedestrians,” according to county planning officials.

— Matthew Umstead

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