City may lease gatekeeper's house to curator
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
Hagerstown City Council members are expected to review a state program that leases historic properties in return for renovations instead of rent as a potential alternative for saving the historic gatekeeper's residence at the city's Fairgrounds Park.
Kathy Maher, Hagerstown senior planner and the city staffer overseeing plans for the gatekeeper's and entrance buildings at the park, said Monday that she expects to have information on the state's Resident-Curatorship Program prepared for a council work session in August or September.
Maher also expects to inform the council during that meeting that the state has turned down a council request to use grant funds for only one of the buildings. The vacant, city-owned buildings are on the 400 block of North Mulberry Street.
Maher said the city has been awarded $73,122 to stabilize the gatekeeper's and the entrance buildings. The council has balked at accepting the grants because if it does, the state would have an easement on the property that would prohibit demolition, which some council members have mentioned as a possibility for the gatekeeper's residence. The council asked Maher to see whether the grants could be used for the entrance building only.