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Downtown tavern closing

March 28, 2000

The Double T Lounge in downtown Hagerstown is closing.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the City Council approved loaning the Hagerstown/Washington County Industrial Foundation, known as CHIEF, $140,000, which will help pay for the building at 44-48 S. Potomac St.

According to city documents, CHIEF will buy the property for about $275,000, close the bar, and renovate and resell the building.

Tuesday's council vote was the first time the council had discussed the matter in open session. Previous discussions had been in closed sessions.

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Councilman J. Wallace McClure said when the building went up for sale he saw it as an opportunity to better the area.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said buying and renovating the building will beautify the area.

Bruchey said he didn't know what might go into the building after it's renovated.

The city's $140,000 loan is interest free. The loan will be repaid after CHIEF sells the building, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

Zimmerman said the Double T Lounge is expected to close Friday.

No one from the bar could be reached for comment as the bar was closed Tuesday evening.

- Dan Kulin

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