A group of Hagerstown business leaders wants to keep future taverns and liquor stores out of the downtown area and bring wealthier residents and the Washington County Board of Education's central office to the district.
Proposals in a revitalization plan developed by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce include adding parking, widening sidewalks, bringing in a first-run movie theater, redirecting truck traffic and studying whether to make South Potomac Street a two-way street.
The plan also recommended creating a new zoning designation for the area that would:
- Prohibit new liquor stores, adult bookstores and taverns that do not include full-time, full-service restaurants.
- Bring the Washington County Board of Education central offices downtown.
- Encourage middle- and upper-income people to live downtown.
The goal is to attract more people downtown by making the area more of a leisure-time destination, said Charles Sekula, a member of the chamber committee that put together the proposal and owner of the Schmankerl Stube restaurant, which is inside the proposed district.