By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer
photo: YVETTE MAY / staff photographer
HANCOCK - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a $2 million 24-unit public housing building to be built on the site where the Monterey Hotel was destroyed in a deliberately set fire in 1980.
"A lot of us have been waiting for this for 20 years," said Sen. Donald Munson, R-Washington.
Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy said the lot where the hotel stood has been an "urban blight for 20 years."
Murphy said he could not think of a better way to start a new century than by breaking ground for the building to house senior citizens at the northwest corner of Church and Main streets.
Callas Contractors Inc. will start construction in March. The Interfaith Council of Western Maryland and the Hancock Housing Committee developed the plans for the three-story building, which will be owned and managed by the Washington County Housing Authority.