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Firms designing new stadium

August 02, 2000

Firms designing new stadium



Designs for a new baseball stadium to replace Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium are expected to be completed by November.

The Maryland Stadium Authority is overseeing preliminary engineering and design work being done by HOK Sport in Kansas City, Mo., and Barton Malow in Baltimore.

The work is being paid for with $120,000 in city funds, $190,000 from the county and $35,000 in private contributions, including $30,000 from Winston Blenckstone, owner of the Hagerstown Suns baseball team.

Richard Phoebus, chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce task force that is proposing the stadium project, said several potential new stadium sites are being reviewed, and preliminary cost estimates are being developed for each.

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The sites under review include land behind the Centre at Hagerstown near the U.S. 40 and Interstate 81 interchange, property along Wesel Boulevard near the intersection with Burhans Boulevard and the Municipal Stadium property.

Phoebus said the property behind the Centre remains the preferred site.

An appraisal of the property behind the Centre was completed several days ago. Phoebus refused to reveal the results of that appraisal except to say it put the cost of the 30-50 acres of that property at less than $2 million. The current cost projections for the stadium plan included $2 million to purchase property.

Phoebus said the appraisal probably would be made public eventually, but he didn't want to release the information without the consent of the property owner.

The land is owned by a trust headed by Vincent Groh, who did not respond to a message left at his office Wednesday.

Phoebus also refused to say who performed the appraisal, which was done for free.

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