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Destruction of buildings on land north of Hagerstown not indication of any project

Previous proposal for truck distribution center has not been renewed

April 07, 2013

The recent sight of heavy construction machinery on farmland once considered for a truck distribution center north of Hagerstown is not a sign that a project is in the works, according to Brad Fulton, president of 2003 Mason Dixon LLC, which purchased the 172-acre farm in 2003.

Over the past three weeks, an old farmhouse and another building were demolished on the land off Mason Dixon Road, and at least one resident contacted The Herald-Mail to say he feared it was a sign that a truck distribution center project was moving ahead.

A group of Pennsylvania and Maryland residents in the area of the property fought the proposed center 10 years ago, saying they feared it would increase traffic and lower property values.

Fulton said Wednesday that no new development is in the works.

“We were just tearing down some (old farm) buildings that were falling down,” Fulton said. “We were just doing property maintenance. The buldings were really unsafe.”

Fulton said he is still marketing the property for development, noting it borders tracks for Norfolk Southern Railroad, is near an exit off Interstate 81 and is included in Washington County’s Growth Zone.

“We do think with rail access, that’s a crackerjack property,” he said. “But the economy is just so anemic right now. Until the economy picks up, we’re not expecting much to happen.”

— Arnold S. Platou

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