Walkway to connect buildings

March 17, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Walkway to connect buildings

Work to connect Hagerstown's City Hall to the neighboring Roslyn building is expected to begin during the second week of April.

Glass walkways will connect the two buildings from the first to fourth floors, said George Andreve, manager of the city's Department of Community Development.

A window on each of those floors in City Hall will become a doorway to the passageway into the Roslyn building, Andreve said.


The project will enable at least one city department to move into part of the Roslyn building, and will accommodate other uses, including an existing produce market.

The enclosed walkways would go over the driveway that leads to the parking lot beneath City Hall.

The city has budgeted $450,000 in federal grants this fiscal year for the first phase of the project, Andreve said. Phase one includes connecting the buildings, constructing a stair and elevator tower in the Roslyn building and renovating the first floor of the Roslyn building.

The council is expected to select a contractor in early April, Andreve said.

The back part of the Roslyn wall facing City Hall is cracked and will be replaced, Andreve said. A five-story stair and elevator tower will be built in that area, providing acces for the disabled to the Roslyn building.

The stair tower and connecting hallways will provide a fire exit for City Hall, which does not meet fire exit requirements, Andreve said.

Spickler's Farm Market, on the west side of Roslyn's first floor, could move to the space next door by June 30, Andreve said.

The two store spaces next to Spickler's will house the Home Store, a one-stop shop to provide information on becoming a homeowner. The Home Store is expected to open in May.

The first floor space on the east side of the Roslyn building will be for a retail business, Andreve said.

Work also will be done to shore up the second floor. Federal grants cannot be used for that work because the upper floors are to house city offices, an ineligible use of those grants, Andreve said.

City Finance Director Al Martin said about $50,000 from the city's community betterment fund could be used for the upper floors, but that work could be delayed if money is tight.

The upper floors were to house the Department of Community Development, now on City Hall's fourth floor.

The city bought the Roslyn building, at 15-25 E. Franklin St., from Vincent Groh for $75,000 in June 1996. The building had been damaged by a Jan. 7, 1996, arson at Meda's Tavern, which has since moved across the street.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said plans to renovate City Hall's lobby are on hold since the Roslyn building connection will affect that project.

Phase two of the Roslyn renovation calls for a study on space needs at City Hall, Zimmerman said.

The city is paying $40,300 to Morin-Rocco Inc. to design the project.

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