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YMCA considers old Shank farm

January 27, 1998

YMCA considers old Shank farm

YMCA officials looking for property on which to construct a second building are interested in the old Shank farm across from the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home on North Eastern Boulevard, officials said Monday.

YMCA officials are looking at several sites, but haven't made a final decision, said Jim Pierne, YMCA board president.

Real estate agent Richard Hopkins said YMCA officials are interested, but the group doesn't have an option on the land.

Hopkins, with Coldwell Banker Hopkins Real Estate, said he represents the land owners, who are several family members of the late Nevin M. Shank Sr.

The Mid-Atlantic Realty Trust, a Baltimore development firm, has a contract to buy 165 of the 174.80 acres, Hopkins said. That organization has been in touch with YMCA officials, he said.

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The YMCA's former board chairman, David Beachley, told the Washington County Commissioners last May that YMCA officials were looking for 15 to 30 acres on which to build a $3 million to $5 million complex.

The complex could include an indoor swimming pool and a child-care center.

Another site YMCA officials have considered is the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

YMCA officials have said the downtown center would be maintained regardless of any expansion.

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