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Fairgrounds plan evolving

March 15, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

The clubhouse at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds would be available for book sales and other events and not just equestrian offices, a recommended development plan says.

Members of the committee creating the plan on Thursday made minor changes to the proposal for the 68 acres of green space.

The committee made the changes after City Council members saw the plan earlier in the week, said Ric Kautz, city planning director.

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Committee members decided they wanted the clubhouse also to be available for activities such as the American Association of University Women's annual book sale, Kautz said.

The committee also decided on one large and one small show arena for equestrian activities, eliminating a second small arena, he said.

Hagerstown Planning Commission members reviewed the development proposal on Wednesday and agreed to support space for equestrian activities at the fairgrounds, Kautz said.

The proposal also calls for keeping the stage at the fairgrounds for concerts, he said.

City Council members will review the proposal again Tuesday afternoon before voting in a special meeting whether to endorse the plan.

The council must endorse a conceptual plan for the fairgrounds' use before state officials will approve a funding plan that would let the city to buy the fairgrounds.

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