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Contract approved for Fairgrounds redevelopment

May 12, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Council members voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a $1.18 million contract for the first phase of the redevelopment of the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

Construction crews could be at the site within three weeks to begin work on softball and soccer fields that would be ready for play by July 1, Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein cast the lone vote against awarding the contract.

Saum-Wicklein said she was waiting for a complete financial analysis of the Fairgrounds redevelopment project.

The contract, worth $1,186,191, was awarded to David H. Martin Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., according to contract documents.

According to Tissue, the contract calls for the construction of:




-- Three soccer/lacrosse fields.

-- Three softball fields.

-- Three paved and lighted parking areas with a total of 510 parking spaces.

-- A storm water drainage system.

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-- Water lines for irrigation.

-- Demolition of the jockey quarters and the stage.

-- A new access road at Security Road and Cleveland Avenue.

-- Sidewalks from Cleveland Avenue onto the site.

-- Stone walkways from the parking lots into the site.

While the work is going on, city workers are to renovate restrooms in the Grand Stand building, Tissue said.

In June, the city will review contracts to build an in-line hockey rink, Tissue said.

The city is looking for a person or group to supervise the use of a concrete pad at the Fairgrounds, which could be used for skateboarding or in-line skating.

A race course for dirt bikes is expected to be ready for riders at the Fairgrounds in July, Tissue said.

Hagerstown BMX, a private city bicycle group, is overseeing the use of the race course.

The Fairgrounds is a 68-acre site in the northeast quadrant of the city.

The city bought the property in 1997 and has developed a long-range development plan that includes major renovations of the larger buildings.

It could take 10 to 20 years for all work to be completed, and the cost could be almost $12 million, according to city budget projections.

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