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Commissioners vote to give funds for revitalization plan

July 13, 1999

The Washington County Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to contribute $30,000 toward the development of a revitalization plan for downtown Hagerstown.

The plan is being overseen by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Task Force Arts and Entertainment District Subcommittee.

The county contribution will be combined with $8,000 from the City of Hagerstown, which has already been approved, $12,000 in private donations and a $20,000 federal grant that has been applied for.

The plan will be a more detailed version of a proposal previously endorsed by city and county elected officials, Hagerstown Planning Director Ric Kautz said.

According to a letter from LDR International, a Columbia, Md.-based firm expected to do the plan, the final document will take 6 to 8 months to complete, and will include recommendations and cost estimates for specific improvements.

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Chamber task force representative Charlie Sekula, who also is the owner of the downtown Hagerstown restaurant the Schmankerl Stube, said that there would be ample opportunity for community involvement in the development of the plan.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Bert L. Iseminger Jr. were not present for the vote.

- Dan Kulin

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