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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 21, 2006
andrews@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - A group of Washington County residents has appealed two zoning variances that help Washington County Health System build a new hospital on Robinwood Drive. Through an attorney, the group Citizens for Responsible Health Care filed its petitions in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday. The petitions appeal two approvals the county's Board of Zoning Appeals gave in December that allowed plans for a new Washington County Hospital to proceed.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 22, 2005
HAGERSTOWN andrews@herald-mail.com Washington County Health System presented its case Monday night for zoning variances that would help it build a hospital next to Robinwood Medical Center. During a hearing before the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals, experts in traffic, engineering, health care, planning and land values testified about the worth and benefits of the new building and site. The zoning board didn't make a decision Monday. Chairman Clint Wiley said the board will meet to make a decision Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Washington County Commissioners' meeting room.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 18, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The last piece of a legal challenge to a proposed new Washington County Hospital was settled Monday when a judge entirely affirmed two zoning variances for the project. In August, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III affirmed the variances on three of four counts, but sent the matter back to the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals for clarification. On Monday, Boone upheld the fourth aspect, completing his decision. Told of the decision by The Herald-Mail, Charles B. Hongell, one of five remaining appellants, said he was "disappointed.
NEWS
April 19, 2001
Charles Town Race grant variances By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town The Charles Town Races on Thursday received permission to exceed Jefferson County's 40-foot high height restriction, enabling a $60 million expansion to move ahead at the thoroughbred track. The variance granted by the Jefferson County Zoning Board of Appeals allows the track to construct a 63 foot tall parking building and a 58 foot tall slot machine gaming facility. Next month, track owners are expected to go before the zoning board of appeals to ask for permission to build a 100-foot hotel on track property.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Late last month, the Maryland Health Care Commission responded to the Washington County Hospital Association's application to put a new facility on land next to Robinwood Medical Center. The commission asked more than 20 questions dealing with the hospital's application, all but one of which were requests for clarification of technical or financial matters The lone exception was the commission's question about whether the hospital had applied for a zoning variance. As of Thursday morning, county officials confirmed that no application had been filed.
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By CANDICE BOSELY | November 30, 1999
Continuing to maintain that moving Washington County Hospital outside of Hagerstown would pose traffic and public safety issues, a group of five Washington County residents has appealed a local judge's decision that essentially gave the hospital the go-ahead to move forward with its plans. Chuck Hongell, one of the five appellants, said Friday that the appeal was filed earlier this week by the group's attorney, William C. Wantz, and will be heard by the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis.
NEWS
October 18, 2006
The issue: A citizens' group challenged two zoning variances that help Washington County Hospital move from East Antietam Street in Hagerstown to Robinwood Drive. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals approved the variances in December 2005. In August, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III upheld the variances on three aspects, but said the board needed to clarify its position on the fourth aspect. What's new: Boone has upheld the variances on the fourth aspect, too. What's next: A general construction contract for the hospital is expected to be awarded by the end of the year.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 20, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Prompted by a circuit judge's uncertainty, the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals met Tuesday to discuss the uniqueness of a proposed new Washington County Hospital. For about 20 minutes, board members listed what they consider unique aspects of the project, including proximity to major roads, topography and access to public water and sewer service. The board's clarification session was held to satisfy a question Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III raised last month in upholding two zoning variances.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 1, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A country-style saloon's bid to expand in Martinsburg cleared two hurdles Tuesday evening when the city's zoning appeals board unanimously approved a variance to parking requirements and an exception to rules for enlarging a nonconforming structure. The requests by George O'Connell, owner of the Dirty Dawg Saloon at 1017 S. Queen St., were backed by several people attending the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting, including Ward 2 Councilman Richard Yauger.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 6, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- The Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission's proposal to build a new 98-bed shelter to house more homeless men has prompted questions about safety conditions at the existing facility and whether it complies with state fire code. In a hearing Tuesday night held by the city's Board of Zoning Appeals about the shelter expansion project, Danny Custer, an administrator for the rescue mission at 602 W. King St., told board members that the facility regularly was inspected and had passed inspections.
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