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Governor to visit proposed sites for county's campus

August 17, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening will be in downtown Hagerstown in early September to see the Baldwin House complex and hear the city's pitch that it should be the site for a new state university center, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Tuesday.

Bruchey said the governor called him on Tuesday to let him know he would be coming to Hagerstown, but no specific date was set for the visit.

Glendening told the mayor he would decide whether to propose putting a University System of Maryland center in downtown Hagerstown "very soon" after his visit, Bruchey said.

"I assume that would be before the end of September," Bruchey said.

Bruchey said the city's presentation would be similar to the presentation given to a site-selection steering committee in June.

The steering committee voted to recommend that the University System campus be built on 20 acres of donated land south of Hagerstown at Allegheny Energy's Friendship Technology Park

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Glendening also is expected to visit the Allegheny Energy site when he visits Hagerstown.

A member of Glendening's staff contacted Allegheny Energy officials on Friday to notify them of the planned visit to Washington County.

"He's an intelligent man. Let him come here and get all the information and let him make a decision," Bruchey said.

Bruchey has said the Baldwin House is a perfect fit for the governor's Smart Growth Initiative, which targets economic development and growth in urban areas.

Backers of the Allegheny Energy site say it is consistent with the Smart Growth initiative.

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