HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Plans are moving forward for a new Wal-Mart supercenter store south of Hagerstown in a present-day corn field.

The Herald-Mail reports the store would be located off Sharpsburg Pike. Jennifer Smith, director of Washington County’s division of plan review and permitting, says Wal-Mart’s preliminary plans were given conditional approval July 1 by the county planning commission.

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A timeline for final approval is not yet known.

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Smith says the planning commission’s approval was contingent on 10 staff recommendations that must be addressed. Those issues include forest conservation, property setbacks, demolition and sewer upgrades.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg says the company hopes to secure final approvals and start construction by the end of 2013 or early next year.
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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com

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