HJC will purchase 7.78 acres

March 26, 1997


Staff Writer

The Hagerstown Junior College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to spend $65,000 on an adjacent 7.78 acres northeast of the campus for use in storm water management.

A portion of the land, owned by John Young, will be used to construct a storm water management pond required for construction of the school's new $8.2 million Learning Resource Center, said Phil Snodderly, head of maintenance and facilities management for the school.

The purchase means the school will have to build only one storm water management pond instead of two to meet construction requirements for its Learning Resource Center and amphitheater projects, Snodderly said.


That could mean a savings of about $90,000 on the amphitheater project, he said.

It also will free about two acres of developable land on the campus, Snodderly said.

The plan is to extend an existing storm water management pond onto an adjacent part of the property that lies in the 100-year floodplain, he said.

The land also includes a 30-foot-wide strip that could be used in the future to link the campus road system with Harp Road should that road be expanded, Snodderly said.

Young has agreed to the deal, which has received planning approval pending the clearing up on a small deed overlap, he said.

A plus of the purchase is that the land will buffer the rear of the campus from future development, said HJC President Norman Shea.

If construction of the Learning Resource Center begins as planned on Oct. 1, the project could be completed by Jan. 1, 1999, said project head George Elliott, HJC's recently retired dean of students.

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