(9/24) In spite of a lack of applicants or
representatives at the Sept. 11 Emmitsburg East Industrial Park Phase II
annexation hearing, the board of commissioners unanimously approved that the
proposed site become part of the town.
When asked if the board could legally proceed with the
hearing without the applicants present, town Attorney John R. Clapp advised the
board that they could proceed, and could make as decision.
EEIP Phase II would be located on a 39-acre site, known
as the "Waybright property," east of U.S. 15 off Creamery Road, owned by
Emmitsburg brothers Sheridan "Dan" E. Reaver Jr. and Gregory Reaver. The
Reavers also own EEIP Phase I located on Creamery Way; and the Emmitsburg Glass
Company is now located in their new facility on Creamery Court.
The board also denied EEIP's request for an extension
on when town real estate taxes would go into effect, voting unanimously to
impose taxation in a year following the annexation approval.
Conditions on the EEIP annexation
- Applicants must pay all costs incurred by the town
in processing the annexation.
- Town real estate taxes will take effect one year
from the annexation approval date.
- Public service improvements expenses necessitated by
the proposed development, which would otherwise be at the cost of the
taxpayers of the town, are to be paid by the owners/developer.
- All water and sewer taps fees are to be paid by the
- The main site of the EEIP will be zoned light
industrial park (IP). Flood plain areas and SHA property on the site are to
be zoned as open space.
- The town, itself, will not require any offsite
- Any necessary improvements to the Creamery Road/U.S.
15intersection will be left to the discretion of the Maryland State Highway
Administration or the county. However, if EEIP fails to make any county or
state-requested improvements, the town may withhold building permits.
- The applicants must grant the town a 50-foot wide
easement across the development site for the location of sewer line
The proposed timeframe for the industrial park
build-out is five to six years. Six lots have been planned, according to
general comments submitted by the developers, but more were shown on a site
plan presented at a Jan. 23 review. However, Attorney Scott Miller,
representing EEIP, previously said the number of proposed lots could still
A statement issued by EEIP indicated "at an assessed
value of $75 per square foot, with a total build-out of 260,000 square feet,
this development could yield an assessable tax base of $20 million, plus or
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