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Proposed 'West City' school draws supporters at hearing

Speakers back land-use modifications to make way for structure in Hager's Crossing

July 23, 2013|By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com
  • The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the purchase of a 16.5-acre tract in the Hager's Crossing housing development for a new "West City" elementary school that could replace Conococheague and Winter Street elementary schools.
By Chad Trovinger, Graphic Artist

HAGERSTOWN — Two officials involved with a proposed new “West City” elementary school in the Hager’s Crossing housing development and one of its residents endorsed land-use modifications to make way for the structure at a public hearing Tuesday night before the Hagerstown City Council.

The site for the proposed school in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown’s West End currently is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential. An amendment must be made to the PUD overlay for the school to be built at the 16.52-acre site, a process involving Hagerstown Planning Commission review and approval by the council.

Deputy County Attorney Kirk C. Downey spoke on behalf of the Washington County Board of Commissioners about having the PUD for the property owned by the county approved by the city.

“Through the process, the county and the (Washington County) Board of Education have been treated kindly and with courtesy,” Downey said, noting the timeliness of the process.

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David S. Trostle, a project manager for the Frederick, Seibert, and Associates, Inc., engineering firm also spoke on behalf of the amendment to allow the school to be built in the development. 

“I’m just here to show my support for the amendment and the school,” Hager's Crossing resident Karen McCarthy said. “I think it will be a great thing for this community.”

The planning commission has recommended to the city council approval of the PUD amendment with the condition that the school be “oriented toward” Hager’s Crossing Drive and “close enough to the street to provide for a more traditional neighborhood design,” according to previous reports.

Following Tuesday’s hearing, the public record will stay open for 10 days, Mayor David S. Gysberts said.

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