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Renovation planned for Public Square building

May 25, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The southwest corner of Hagerstown's Public Square might look a little different if the City Council approves some proposed changes to and around the former Peoples building.

The building's owners, Public Square Associates, have proposed replacing the corner door with windows, adding a new entrance facing South Potomac Street, and adding a ramp for an existing door on the West Washington Street side of the building, according to City Engineer Bruce Johnston.

The ramp would provide handicapped access to that entrance. It would go along the outside of the building and extend about 3 feet into the sidewalk, which is more than 11 feet wide at that point, Johnston said.

Plans are to renovate the interior of the building to make room for two offices with separate entrances, Johnston said.

The county office of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation is expected to move into the building at 3 Public Square.

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Johnston said the building owner also is requesting permission to regrade the brick sidewalk in front of the South Potomac Street side of the building. The bricks need to be lowered to be made level with the floor inside the single-story building.

Johnston said he had no objections to the proposed improvements.

He said the Mayor and City Council will have the final say on the plans.

The City Council also would have to vote to allow the owners to build the proposed ramp, because it would be on a public right-of-way, Johnston said.

The Mayor and City Council are expected to review the plans Tuesday. A formal council decision on the matter is expected at a later date.

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