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Grant to be used for museum at Ag Education Center

September 15, 1999

ANNAPOLIS - The state came through with a $350,000 grant for a musuem and office complex at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the grant Wednesday. It is matched dollar-for-dollar by donations from county residents.

The Washington County Commissioners have pledged the rest of the cost of the project, about $500,000.

Work on the 19,557-square-foot building began in July and is expected to be finished in January. Myers Building Systems Inc. of Clear Spring was the low bidder.

The Rural Heritage Museum will be housed in 7,200 square feet and there will be a 2,054-square-foot technical conference room.

The University of Maryland Extension Office, which is moving from Maryland Avenue, will use the remaining 8,010 square feet.

The building, at the ag education center off Md. 65 north of Sharpsburg, originally was going to be much larger.

The commissioners decided last year to scale back the $2.7 million project, but stopped short of eliminating the extension offices.

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