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Renovation costs put health center move in doubt

February 16, 1998

Renovation costs put health center move in doubt

Plans to move the Potomac Street Community Health Center into the basement of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on West North Street in Hagerstown have hit a snag.

Expensive measures to remove lead paint and asbestos would be required at the King building, said hospital spokesman John Costopoulos.

Costopoulos said the hospital hasn't ruled out the King building, which is owned by Washington County.

The hospital is looking at three downtown alternatives, including the YMCA building on North Potomac Street.

The new clinic would have more space and eventually could become a health and human services center with several agencies represented, Costopoulos said.

In addition to providing primary care, the clinic eventually could offer dental care, mental health counseling, health seminars, internships for area youth and a pharmacy.

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- Steven T. Dennis

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