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McClure - parking issue no conflict

June 17, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Councilman J. Wallace McClure said Tuesday he would participate in discussions about expanding downtown parking even though it will affect his business.

"I don't see a conflict of interest for me. I see pretty clearly how it's going to affect me and other business owners," McClure said after the mayor and council's Tuesday night session.

The overall project to expand the North Potomac Street parking lot will eventually affect parking areas McClure rents for his business, he said.

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The plan also will eliminate free employee parking for several businesses, including McClure's, he said.

That won't sit well with businesses looking for space downtown, he said.

"We possibly are going to set ourselves up for more vacant storefronts," McClure said.

McClure owns McClure's Piano Shop and 'Round Town Movers at 63 E. Franklin St.

Besides renting employee parking behind his store, he also rents parking across the alley for his moving trucks, he said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce asked city officials to expand the parking lot.

Council members voted 4-0 to table discussion about purchasing 37 - 37 1/2 E. Franklin St. for $10,000 from Clear Valley Limited Liability Partnership until a later meeting.

Councilman William M. Breichner did not attend the meeting.

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