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Heated Debate on Leitersburg Rezoning Continues

"The original plan was to have an active adult community and a retirement center that was approved. We were okay with that, it was compatible with the residential nature of our area," said Merih O'Donoghue.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A new rezoning plan is raising concerns for some Washington County residents.

Plans for an assisted living complex at Emerald Pointe had been in the works, but now a modification to the plan is receiving opposition.

"The original plan was to have an active adult community and a retirement center that was approved. We were okay with that, it was compatible with the residential nature of our area," said Merih O'Donoghue.

Local developer Paul Crampton Jr. is now proposing to build a retail space and a convenience store. 

"We're removing [the] assisted living center from what's going to be a busy corner and replacing it with a shopping area and a convenience store," said Paul Crampton Jr.

Locals say what started out as a revision to a zoning plan has turned into a heated debate, which will ultimately be resolved by the commissioners. 

Some residents are concerned the new plan would increase traffic at the intersection, putting safety at risk.

Crampton says business construction is exactly what many in the community have requested.

"There is a great need of shopping center. People have asked me for that. So I'm just doing it out of request of the business people who came to me," said Crampton Jr.

The Washington County Commission will make a final decision on the zoning request. 

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