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Look ahead for Washington County

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December 16, 1999



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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 SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

In 2000, Washington Countians will see two elections, one census, a new landfill, more places to shop and lots of new jobs and businesses.

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Shopping




The popular Prime Outlets at Hagerstown will continue growing next year, with 25 new stores scheduled to open in late spring and a furniture store opening planned Feb. 28.

The names of the new stores haven't been released. The third phase of construction will bring to 111 the number of stores at the outlet center.

The Home Co., a furniture chain, is scheduled to open a store in a 65,000-square-foot building at the outlet mall on Md. 65 near the Interstate 70 interchange on Feb. 28.

At Valley Mall, a 16-screen movie megaplex is scheduled to open in April. The 65,000-square-foot megaplex owned by R/C Theatres, will have stadium seating, digital sound, rocking chairs and a reserved seating option.

A new shopping center, Crosspoint Shopping Center, will open around March between Valley Mall and Hickory Elementary School. It will create about 400 jobs. The 200,000-square-foot first phase of the $35 million to $40 million center will be anchored by Target.

Prime Outlets expansionEconomic Development




More than 2,000 new jobs will be created in Washington County in 2000, according to Tom Riford, marketing director for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

Some of them will be at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, which distributes medical journals. The firm hopes to move into anew 180,000-square-foot building in Hunter's Green Business Center off Hopewell Road by July.

As part of the $10 million expansion, the firm plans to increase its 150-person work force by 30 percent to 40 percent over the next year, company leaders say.

Also at Hunter's Green, the Pilot Corp. of Tennesee is building a 6,000-square-foot Travel Center on 10 acres. The center, just north of the I-70 exit on Md. 63, will have about 75 full-time jobs, Riford said.

DOT Foods Inc. will begin expanding its distribution center early next year, creating about 150 jobs within five years in the 70/81 Industrial Park on Elliott Parkway north of Williamsport.

In the northeast corner of the the county, the PenMar Development Corp. hopes this year the Army will give it title for the 638-acre Fort Ritchie so it can proceed with its push to make it into a technology park.

The transfer has been on hold while the Army figures out how it is going to remove munitions that could be buried on about half the property.

Several new hotels will open next year, including a 54-room Microtel Inn at Interstate 81 and Maugans Avenue, Riford said. The hotel is owned by T.J. Patel of Diamond Development.

A 83-room Hampton Inn is being built at the same intersection, behind the Waffle House. The hotel will create 25 jobs when it opens in the late spring. The operators and co-owners are Randy and Michele Morral, who co-own the Golden Corral in Frederick, Md., and a Best Western in Breezewood, Pa.

A planned 98-room Sleep Inn is under construction and should be completed in 2000 behind the new Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive off Sharpsburg Pike. The developer is Steve Sagi.

Donald M. Bowman, chairman of the Bowman Development Corp., said construction will start in April on an 80-room Holiday Inn Express Center near the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on Underpass Way in Hagerstown. It should open by the end of the year.

Bowman is also building a 600,000-square-foot warehouse at Newgate Industrial Park with plans to finish it in July. He would not identify the future tenants.

Recreation and tourism




Construction starts around late spring on the new YMCA on Eastern Boulevard. Work will take about a year.

A $1.2 million office and museum complex at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Md. 65, north of Sharpsburg, will be finished in February, Recreation and Parks Department Director Ron Kidd said. Road lighting will be finished about April or May at a cost of $18,849, he said.

Other 2000 projects include:

- Paving a boat ramp at Devil's Backbone Park in May, which will cost about $5,000. A fishing pier will be built in April and May, at about $3,000 estimated cost. The park is off Md. 68.

- A three-field softball field complex at Kemp's Mill Park. Scheduled for completion in spring 2001, the project will cost about $83,333. The park is near the 70/81 Industrial Park.

- Paving a boat ramp at Wilson Bridge Park and creating additional parking by June at a cost of $5,000. The park is off U.S. 40 near the Hagerstown Speedway.

Roads




A bridge and road for the Lund Landfill will be finished in September 2000 at a cost of about $4.4 million, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said. Construction is ongoing.

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