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Locust Street house to be torn down for parking

June 24, 1997

The east entrance to Hagerstown's North Potomac Street parking lot will be closed for about three months, starting July 1, while a house is demolished, a city official said Tuesday.

The city-owned house at 25-29 N. Locust St. will be disassembled over several weeks since the contractor has the right to salvage materials, said Tim Young, an engineer with the City of Hagerstown.

Residents in the first blocks of East Washington and East Franklin streets will still be able to reach the back of their property by entering the alley through one of the parking lots other entrances, Young said.

The city-owned house will be demolished so the parking lot entrance can eventually be expanded. The city still needs to buy some other properties behind the house before that expansion can be undertaken.

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Last week the house was broken into and several items stolen, including cabinetry and doors, city officials said.

On Tuesday morning a small fire was set in the basement, which is being investigated by Hagerstown fire marshals, said City Engineer Bruce Johnston.

A passerby saw smoke coming from the building just before noon, said Assistant Fire Marshal John Hersh. Hersh said the fire was quickly extinguished.

Hersh said the fire was caused by burning paper in a shoe box in the basement. He said it is considered suspicious.

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