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City marks university site with signs

May 17, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Signs announcing the coming University System of Maryland education center have been posted at the Baldwin House complex in downtown Hagerstown.

The signs were put up this week by the City of Hagerstown.

The signs cost about $650, Finance Director Al Martin said. The cost to the city was $450, and the rest of the money was in the form of donations, he said.

"Future site of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center," one sign proclaims.

"Smart Growth starts here. Thank You, Governor Parris N. Glendening,"

Glendening has said the Smart Growth Act, which promotes growth in downtowns, was an important factor in his November 1999 decision to put the campus downtown.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the city wants people who are considering buying property downtown to know that the education center is coming.

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"The main thing was we want to certainly acknowledge that the site was selected," Zimmerman said. "That is obviously a good thing for the downtown and something we want to both acknowledge and celebrate."

Work on the Hagerstown education center is expected to be finished in late 2003, with the first classes to be offered spring semester of 2004.

The downtown site was chosen over possible property at Hagerstown Community College and at Allegheny Power's Friendship Technology Park off Interstate 70.

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