City approves Hargett Farm townhouses

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Justin Palk
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Date Published: 07/10/2007

Developers could proceed with a plan to build nearly 160 townhouses in southwest Frederick — unless the city takes the property for a community park first. On Monday, Frederick’s Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve the final site plan for 158 townhouses on the Hargett Farm property. This is one part of a larger project that could include single-family homes, apartments and a retail center on roughly 150 acres on Butterfly Lane. In all, the project will include more than 640 homes. Whether this development will ever be built is uncertain, as Frederick’s Board of Aldermen voted in May to condemn the property through eminent domain and redevelop it as a park. The condemnation still must be resolved in court. Alderman Alan Imhoff, who recused himself from the condemnation vote, citing his position on the planning commission, voted Monday to approve the site plan. At the start of the hearing, commission member Meta Nash reminded the attendees that the aldermen’s decision has no effect on the property owner’s legal right to pursue development of the property.