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Mayor, City Council tour fairgrounds

June 04, 1997

Hagerstown's new mayor and City Council toured the Hagerstown Fairgrounds on Tuesday and discussed how they might be able to accommodate space for the YMCA.

YMCA officials are looking for land to construct a building as well as for athletic fields.

They have considered land at the fairgrounds, but would have to reimburse Program Open Space for the land under state regulations.

An alternative could be some land just north of the fairgrounds, but city officials said they want to hear more definitive plans from YMCA officials.

Council members also discussed the condition of several buildings on the fairgrounds and access to the 68 acres of city-owned green space, which they plan to develop as recreational space.

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Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II supported Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein's suggestion that city officials consider building a road connecting North Avenue to Security Road to alleviate heavy traffic.

Council members agreed that four dilapidated buildings, including the carriage building and a house at the end of Cleveland Avenue, be demolished by early fall.

City officials are not as sure what to do with the entrance building and gatekeepers' house off Mulberry Street. Councilman William M. Breichner said the two buildings are useless.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he believes the buildings are historical and city officials should review available grant money to study whether it's worth rehabilitating them.

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