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City planners want sidewalks included in South High plan

February 26, 1998

South Hagerstown High School must install sidewalks along Maryland Avenue as part of its renovations, a Hagerstown city planner said Thursday.

Hagerstown Planning Commission members approved a site plan for South High by a 5-0 vote Wednesday night, but said they wanted sidewalks included, said Matt Davis, a city planner.

"A lot of the schools are sorely lacking in sidewalks," Davis said.

Sidewalks must be installed from the school's rear entrance on Maryland Avenue to Downsville Road near School Stadium, he said.

Sidewalks will be installed when the project's second phase begins in four to five years, said Dennis McGee, director of facilities management for the Washington County Board of Education.

The second phase includes widening the rear entrance and constructing a bus loop, he said.

The $9 million first phase will be started this summer and includes building a new media center, restrooms and about five classrooms, McGee said.

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That phase also includes renovating two classroom wings and the cafeteria and upgrading utilities and mechanical equipment, he said.

Planning members Fred Kramer and Fred Nugent were absent, Davis said.

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