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Baldwin studies soon to be ready

March 23, 2000

University System of Maryland officials could begin deciding next month how much of the Baldwin House complex can be used for an education center.

The structural and environmental analyses on the 32-46 W. Washington St. complex are expected to be completed by April 10, said Robert P. Sweeney, project director for the planned University System of Maryland education center.

Sweeney and Charles R. Middleton, vice chancellor of academic affairs, gave the Washington County Commissioners and Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council a project update on Tuesday.

The Maryland Department of the Environment found two storage tanks on the property, in the Grand Piano warehouse and in the Baldwin complex, Sweeney said. The tanks may have held fuel oil.

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University System officials must decide whether to renovate the entire complex, demolish it and build a new center, or do a partial demolition and renovation.

An advisory board, which is expected to be formed by mid-April, will be involved in that decision, but the ultimate decision will be made by the university, Sweeney said.

The Baldwin House complex consists of the Baldwin House - a five-story brick hotel built in 1881, the neighboring former Routzahn's Department Store with attached warehouse and the former Grand Piano warehouse.

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