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Organization moving into Grand Piano building

November 14, 1997

Organization moving into Grand Piano building

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

A national association for continuing medical education will move its headquarters into the former Grand Piano & Furniture Co. building in downtown Hagerstown, the organization's executive director said Wednesday.

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology plans to open in a first-floor suite in the 52 W. Washington St. building on Jan. 2, said Executive Director Kathy Poole.

The association's plan is to take a five-year lease for half of the building's first floor, said Poole. The lease has not been finalized, she said.

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Local developer Richard McCleary, who owns the building, said it could be the end of January before the suite is ready for the association to move in.

McCleary bought the building in August with plans to invest $1.5 million in the purchase and remodeling of the six-story building. He is a partner in the general contracting firm McCleary & Earley Inc. and with the development group MKS.

McCleary said he is talking to three other possible tenants, including a local person interested in starting a restaurant.

Poole said that by moving here from Washington, D.C., the organization will save $40,000 in the first year, because fixed costs such as rent are cheaper here.

The group expects to save $60,000 in each subsequent year, said Poole, who lives in Beaver Creek with her husband, Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington.

The association coordinates postgraduate courses for physicians. The courses involve screening for cervical cancer and lower genital tract disease, Poole said.

It also provides continuing medical education materials such as videotapes, CD-ROMs, slides and other training aids, she said.

The nonprofit group, which has 3,600 members, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, she said.

The group will employ three people in its headquarters, she said.

Tracy Legarza, course administrator, also will administer and manage meetings for the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease out of the suite, Poole said.

Grand Piano closed its downtown store at the end of May after 21 years, replacing it in July with a larger store in Winchester, Va.

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