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Public Square bricks still for sale

June 26, 1997

With renovations to Hagerstown's Public Square pushed back to mid-July, people still have time to buy a personalized piece of the square's future.

The deadline to purchase a brick to be placed in the new square has been pushed back from June 30 to July 15, said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.

Renovation work on the square won't start before mid-July because city officials are awaiting final approval of federal funding for the project.

In addition to laying new bricks, the renovation includes installing planters in all four quadrants at the intersection of Washington and Potomac streets and removing the fountain in the northeast quadrant.

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The work is expected to be done by the end of October.

More than 200 bricks have been purchased so far and about 500 request forms are outstanding, Giffin said. City officials hope to sell 1,000 bricks to help pay for the city's share of the renovation's $455,000 cost.

The bricks cost $30 each. Buyers can have their name and a brief postscript engraved on the brick.

Anyone interested in buying a brick may call Karen Giffin at 301-739-8577, ext. 116. Callers may leave a message that includes name, address and the number of bricks wanted.

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