by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer
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Construction crews have started work on an amphitheater at Hagerstown Junior College, pleasing the school alumni association that worked for years to make it happen.
"We're going to have an amphitheater this year," said Lisa Stewart, coordinator of HJC's alumni office.
The idea for an amphitheater cropped up in 1991 when a group of alumni association members started planning for the college's 50th anniversary in 1996, Stewart said. The project is almost two years behind schedule.
The amphitheater was included in a five-year plan of projects and improvements alumni members wanted undertaken at the college.
Cost estimates for the amphitheater slowed down the project. School officials thought the amphitheater would cost about $700,000, but a bid on the project came in at $1.2 million.