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Renovations to City Hall delayed again

October 22, 1997

Renovations of City Hall's lobby, which have been delayed for more than four years, might be postponed again, Hagerstown officials said Tuesday.

City officials said that before plans for City Hall's lobby are finalized, they must decide what to do with the neighboring Rosslyn building, which the city bought in June 1996.

Architect Maria Pryor proposed during a Tuesday work session that the neighboring buildings be connected. She suggested doing so with an enclosed walkway that would go over the driveway that leads to the parking lot beneath City Hall.

Pryor's proposal included a more expansive lobby area with space available for displays.

Councilman William M. Breichner said he wasn't sure council members wanted the public to be able to walk through City Hall into the Rosslyn building on East Franklin Street.

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The floor plan for the Rosslyn building hasn't been decided yet, said Mayor Robert E. Bruchey.

City officials are considering moving the Community Development Block Grant program into the Rosslyn building and want to open a storefront to promote homeownership programs.

Pryor and City Engineer Bruce Johnston said they did not know how much connecting the two buildings would add to the renovation's cost.

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