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Munson says county won't lose campus

July 22, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

After meeting Wednesday with an aide to Gov. Parris Glendening, local officials were reassured that the debate over where to put a University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center won't drive the project out of Washington County.

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"The governor's commitment for a campus is to Washington County. In my view, that's the most significant thing of all," said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Munson and Campus Project Director Robert E. Sweeney met with Gene Lynch, a special assistant to the governor, in Annapolis Wednesday morning.

During the hour-and-40-minute meeting, Lynch heard details about the site off Interstate 70 offered by Allegheny Power as well as the city-owned Baldwin complex downtown, Munson said.

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The University System prefers the Allegheny Power site.

So does a local steering committee of which Munson is a member.

Glendening, who will ultimately decide where the education center goes, is leaning toward the downtown site, said Michael E. Morrill, the governor's director of communications.

His staff will extensively research both sites and apply the principles of Smart Growth, which directs state spending to revitalize urban areas, he said.

Earlier this week, University System Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg said he didn't know if he would build the center if the governor chooses the downtown site.

"We could offer them $13 million and they could choose not to build it," Morrill said.

Munson said he didn't think that would happen.

"Cooler heads are going to prevail on this," he said.

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