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Victor Products building slated for apartments

February 26, 1998

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

The owner of the former Victor Products building wants to convert part of the building to apartments.

Owner Jeffrey N. Crampton told Hagerstown's mayor and City Council on Tuesday that he wants to lease 12 one-bedroom apartments in the building at 901 Pope Ave.

Crampton asked city officials during Tuesday night's regular session to allow residential zoning in the building, which now is zoned for office space.

Crampton renovated the building for offices in 1990. He said he had some initial success renting office space, but that interest has waned.

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Crampton said there are almost 100 parking spaces available for apartments and offices.

Victor Products, which made refrigerators and window air conditioners, closed the building in the early 1970s, Crampton said.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission voted 4-0 Wednesday night to recommend the zoning change be approved, said Matt Davis, a city planner.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer abstained since he will vote on the matter when it returns to City Council. Members Fred Kramer and Fred Nugent were absent.

Council members will discuss the matter at a March work session before voting on whether to introduce an ordinance to change the zoning, city officials said.

Written comments on the proposed rezoning will be accepted until Tuesday, March 10, Davis said. Comments can be sent to Hagerstown Planning Department, City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md., 21740.

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