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State set to buy property for court building

December 02, 1997

State set to buy property for court building

Maryland officials are expected to approve buying property on West Antietam Street for a new Washington County District Court building in mid-December, according to a state official.

The Board of Public Works will vote on Dec. 17 whether to buy the 29,280-square-foot lot at 36 W. Antietam St., which includes a four-story warehouse, said Lisa Ward, chief of acquisition and disposal for the Maryland Department of General Services.

Officials had said the matter might come up on Dec. 3, but that meeting was canceled, officials said.

The board must approve all property sales to state agencies and institutions. The board consists of Gov. Parris Glendening, State Comptroller Louis Goldstein and State Treasurer Richard Dixon.

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The warehouse will not be razed before July 1998, said Richard Funk, facilities coordinator for the District Court of Maryland.

Funding for the demolition of the warehouse and the construction of the new District Court isn't expected to be available until the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998, he said.

The new building is expected to include two courtrooms and be built so a third courtroom could be added, Funk said.

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