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Hagerstown City Council briefs

January 08, 1998

Hagerstown City Council briefs

Cannon Shoe Co. rezoning proposed

Two Hagerstown City Council members said Tuesday they think the former Cannon Shoe Co. factory downtown should be rezoned because of a mistake in prior zoning.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner and William M. Breichner agreed it was a mistake to zone the 148 W. Franklin St. building industrial restricted, which allows for light manufacturing and warehousing.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission had recommended changing the building's zoning to commercial (C-3), allowing residential development and some commercial uses.

The building was left to the neighboring Christ's Reformed Church. Church officials had said possibilities for using the building included a medical clinic, day care, housing and a meeting hall.

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Matt Davis, a city planner, said the council probably will vote on whether to introduce the ordinance changing the zoning at its 7 p.m. regular meeting on Jan. 27.

If the ordinance is introduced, the final vote would be scheduled for late February, he said.

Land purchase for parking approved

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved purchasing land for $22,000 to expand the North Potomac Street parking lot.

Work has not been scheduled to incorporate the 3,994-square-foot parking lot behind 32-36 E. Washington St. into the larger city parking lot, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue. The lot has 13 parking spaces.

City officials want to buy other properties in the area before starting construction, Tissue said. The wall and fence around the lot will be removed, he said.

The land was owned by Martha Bristow and Barval, a corporation owned by Bristow, according to a memo from City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

Lot at City Park to grow this summer

Construction to provide more parking spaces at Hagerstown's City Park could begin in late summer, City Engineer Bruce Johnston said Tuesday.

The southern parking lot near the concession stand would be redesigned west of the existing lot so that 32 parking spaces would be available, Johnston said.

The lot has room for about 25 spaces now, but is in poor condition, he said.

The lot across from the softball fields on Highland Avenue also would be paved, he said.

The city has budgeted $125,000 for the project, Johnston said.

Yard waste options needed, Boyer says

Hagerstown residents need more opportunities to have their yard waste picked up from the curbside during the winter months, City Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said Tuesday.

Dec. 16 was the last date on which city residents could set out their yard waste for curbside pickup.

Boyer suggested the city provide a dumpster for yard waste or run curbside pickup on a monthly basis until it resumes on a weekly basis in the spring.

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