Plan calls for former Moose Lodge to become restaurant

August 15, 1997


Staff Writer

The partnership that is taking over the former Moose Lodge south of Hagerstown wants to reopen it as a restaurant, cocktail lounge and banquet facility, according to papers filed with the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Md. 632 Limited Partnership has requested a special exception to use the 24,000-square-foot building at 17105 Downsville Pike as a restaurant and banquet facility.

The property requires a special exception because it is zoned Agricultural.

Ronald Koontz of Creative Investments and local attorney William C. Wantz signed the application, but Koontz refused to comment and Wantz did not return phone calls Thursday.


Wantz wrote that the use of the lodge will be "functionally identical" to how it was used before.

Wantz' letter said more information about the proposed use of the facility would be presented at the appeals board hearing Aug. 27.

Moose International of Mooseheart, Ill., has agreed to sell the facility, but no deed transfer has been recorded yet, according to the state Department of Assessments and Taxation.

The property is valued at $1,692,100, according to the department, but a sign in front of the facility advertised "Drastic Price Reduction."

The building has been vacant since Moose International shut down the lodge in February 1994, citing repeated violations of the organization's laws and policies.

When it was operated as Moose Lodge 212, the lodge had as many as 10,000 members, making it the largest Moose lodge in North America.

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