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City approves analysis for potential campus site

February 23, 2000

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to spend $5,500 to help pay for a structural analysis of the Baldwin House complex.

The analysis will help determine how much of the city-owned buildings should be renovated or demolished to turn the site into the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.

The vacant buildings at 32-46 W. Washington St. once housed a department store, hotel and warehouse, and are now owned by the city. The city has offered the buildings to the state for free.

The Washington County Commissioners last week unanimously voted to pay the rest of the cost of the $10,483 analysis.

The city and county were asked to pay for the analysis because state funding for the university project cannot be spent until the state budget is approved. Getting the money from the city and county now means the structural analysis can be done sooner, Robert Sweeney, project director of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, said last week.

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- Dan Kulin

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