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Councilman wants Baldwin offer withdrawn

July 20, 1999

Hagerstown City Councilman Alfred W. Boyer suggested Tuesday that the city withdraw its offer of the vacant city-owned Baldwin Complex as a free site for a University System of Maryland campus.

"I believe this project is in jeopardy," Boyer said.

He said efforts to convince state officials to locate the campus in downtown Hagerstown could "jeopardize the overall project."

Boyer's comments came during the comments portion of a council work session Tuesday evening.

Boyer's request received no support from the mayor or other council members.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Boyer's concerns were unfounded.

Bruchey said Gov. Parris Glendening will decide between a downtown location and land at Allegheny Power's Friendship Technology Park south of the city, as the site for a new state university campus. The Allegheny Power site was the site selected by a selection steering committee.

"The governor told me there is no way it won't happen in Washington County," Bruchey said.

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Bruchey and Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said that they believe the governor will choose a downtown location for the campus.

Bruchey said that he would not lobby the governor on the matter.

"I'm not going to do anything. I'm just going to sit back and let the governor decide," Bruchey said.

- Dan Kulin

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