Funds approved for court building
By GUY FLETCHER
The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved spending $390,000 to purchase a downtown Hagerstown lot that will be the future home of Washington County District Court.
The 29,280-square-foot lot at 36 W. Antietam St., including a four-story warehouse, will be purchased from developer Vincent R. Groh. Plans call for the warehouse to be demolished so a new court building, with two courtrooms and room to add a third, can be built on the site.
The 27,376-square-foot building will have a separate entrance for detainees, eliminating the current practice of defendants having to walk through public hallways. The new building, at a total cost to the state of just under $6 million, is tentatively scheduled to open in the summer of 2000.