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Look ahead for Hagerstown

2000: A

December 16, 1999



~ 2000 ~

Moving into the Future



- 2000: A look ahead for Washington County

- 2000: A look ahead for Hagerstown

- 2000: A look ahead for Franklin County

- 2000: A look ahead for West Virginia

By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

Plenty of new shopping opportunities are coming to Hagerstown in 2000 while a major road repaving project threatens to disrupt traffic on Dual Highway.

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The Centre at Hagerstown, a 675,000-square-foot string of stores and restaurants off U.S. 40 near Interstate 81, is expected to host a grand opening May 11. Some stores may open in April.

Among the more than 40 stores and restaurants planned are a Wal-Mart Super Center, Home Depot, Borders Books and Music, Pier 1 Imports, Circuit City and PetSMart. The Wal-Mart on Wesel Boulevard will close.

Another shopping center, The Center at Antietam Creek, will be built near the intersection of Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard.

The 122,000-square-foot center will be anchored by a Weis supermarket and house as many as 18 stores and restaurants, including Dollar Express, Holiday Hair and Video Warehouse. It is expected to open in August or September.

Roads




Dual Highway and all of East Washington and East Franklin streets will be repaved in 2000, from Interstate 70 to Potomac Avenue.

New sidewalks also will be laid along both sides of Dual Highway between Cannon Avenue and the Manor Drive apartments.

Work already has begun on a $1 million state project to improve East Washington and East Franklin streets. New sidewalks, better landscaping and drainage, and repaving are planned.

Sidewalk and drainage work on East Franklin Street is almost done. The rest of the work, including all the repaving, is expected to be completed by this summer.

Repaving the rest of U.S. 40 from Interstate 70 to Cannon Avenue will probably start in March or April. The $1.6 million state project will take about four months.

Construction of a new bridge that will carry Dual Highway over Antietam Creek, a $1.7 million project, should be finished by August.

A right-turn only lane is being added to the westbound side of Dual Highway at Eastern Boulevard.

The work will close one of the two lanes of eastbound traffic for a few months this spring.

Improvements also will be made to Eastern Boulevard between Dual Highway and Conrad Court. Another left-turn lane will be added for southbound traffic on Eastern Boulevard.

The two northbound lanes of Eastern Boulevard will be extended to Conrad Court, which will get a new traffic signal.

The work is expected to cost about $400,000 and is being paid for by the developer of the new shopping center at Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard, which is expected to generate new traffic.

The city plans to repave several streets in August and September. Scheduled are parts of West Antietam Street, Frederick Street, Cleveland Avenue, The Terrace from May Street to Prospect Avenue, and Burhans Boulevard from Wesel Boulevard to Sherman Avenue.

In March the city will extend a right-turn lane on Eastern Boulevard at Jefferson Boulevard.

Traffic signals on Pennsylvania Avenue at Prospect Avenue and Fairview Road will be replaced at a cost of about $125,000.

Downtown




The new $3.9 million Washington County District Court building at 36 W. Antietam St. is expected to open before Thanksgiving.

During the spring and summer, the area around the two-story, 27,000-square-foot building should be improved with decorative street lights and the alleys will be paved with bricks.

The other major downtown project, the state university center at the Baldwin House complex on West Washington Street, probably will not see any construction in 2000.

A spokesman for Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening said that under a best-case scenario, planning, design and engineering work could be completed in 2000.

On the same block of West Washington Street, the former Delta Hosiery building will be renovated and new tenants moved in next year, according to Richard McCleary, developer and part-owner of the property.

Construction of a Discovery Station, an interactive science center with exhibits on such things as dinosaurs and telescopes, should begin before September in the former Tusing warehouse between East Washington and Franklin streets near City Hall.

The warehouse will be renovated and a $1 million addition added. Construction is expected to last into 2001.

Christ's Reformed Church at 130 W. Franklin St. and the former Hagerstown Shoe Co. complex next to it, are scheduled for $2.7 million in renovations that will begin in March or April.

The factory will become home to several social service agencies. The 125,000-square-foot building is already serving as the headquarters for the REACH cold weather shelter. The Community Action Council of Washington County and the Hagerstown Housing Authority, may also occupy part of the renovated building.

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