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Grant sought for Fairgrounds plan

June 02, 1999

Hagerstown city officials will request federal grant money for the demolition of the former jockey quarters, rehabilitation of a clubhouse and construction of a concrete pad for in-line skating activities, all at the city Fairgrounds, according to a statement from City Hall.

The city will request $50,000 for the demolition of the former jockey quarters near the intersection of North Mulberry Street and Cannon Avenue.

City Planner Kathy Maher described the building as "a basement without a building."

The concrete building was a place for the jockeys to go between races.

Maher said the building is not historically significant.

Near that building is the old Clubhouse, which currently is used by the Police Athletic League.

The city will request $42,579 to rehabilitate the building.

The city also plans to request $40,551 for the construction of a concrete pad that primarily would be used for in-line skating activities.

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The city's request is expected to be sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development around June 14, according to the city's statement.

HUD oversees the distribution of this grant.

More information on the city's requests can be found in Room 401 of Hagerstown City Hall at 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown.

Objections to the requests may be sent to HUD, Maryland State Office, City Crescent Building Fifth Floor, 10 S. Howard St. Baltimore, MD 21201.

- Dan Kulin

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