Marshall supervisors hold hearings on development

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At a public hearing last week on Fairmont Square, a proposed mixed-use development off Fowler Road in Marshall, some residents voiced concerns about traffic while a supervisor said he was worried that the commercial section of the property might never be built. 

Supervisors held three public hearings Dec. 9, with the first on the Fairmont development, which would consist of 100 townhouses and two 15,000-square-foot retail/office buildings.

Recalling a number of developers in the past who promised retail opportunities that didn't come to fruition, Supervisor Anthony "Jack" Candek was wary of the plans.

"There's always the possibility that the commercial section if the property could go by the wayside," he said. "It's happened before."

The second hearing was about substituting asphalt for concrete sidewalks and primarily concerned the proposed Fairmont Square development.

Nicole Zimsky, planning director, said, “Asphalt gives more flexibility to work with the topography.”

Marshall’s Planned Industrial Park zoning district was the subject of the third public hearing. Marriott Hotels is interested in two parcels on Brush Creek Road, near the intersection of Knob Road.

The development would involve up to four hotels and two skating rinks. It would require a zoning amendment to include hotels and recreation facilities as a conditional use.

Decisions on all three topics could be made as early as Jan. 6.

Also during the Dec. 9 session, manager Neil McFadden announced that the property tax rate will remain at 1.42 mills for the second year in a row. Supervisors unanimously adopted the $5.92 million budget for 2014.

Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer:

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