By JULIE E. GREENE
A downtown Hagerstown building could house upscale boutiques and apartments by the end of the year, officials said.
The 66-70 W. Washington St. building, which now houses Nik's Gallery on the first floor, might be sold to a Kensington, Md., investment company that wants to renovate the three-story, city-owned building, said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.
City officials would help relocate Nik's Gallery if the deal happens.
City Council members are expected to vote by early April on whether to sell the building to Deerhaven Investments Inc., Giffin said.
The city received no bids other than Deerhaven's $155,000 offer.
The city bought the building for $155,000 last November with community development block grant funds.
The former Delta Hosiery building has a lot of character, said Nicholas M. Pittas, Deerhaven's chief executive officer.
If demand exists, Pittas said, he would like to turn the building into four upscale apartments and include space for shops.