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Church to use site for offices, shelter

September 28, 2000

Church to use site for offices, shelter



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Most of the former Cannon Shoe Factory on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown will be demolished and part of it will be renovated for new offices and a homeless shelter under a $2.7 million construction plan of the church that owns the building.

Demolition could begin around the end of October and the project is expected to be completed in June 2002, said Wayne Winebrenner, chairman of the church's facility renovation committee.

The former factory at 148 W. Franklin St. is owned by Christ's Reformed United Church of Christ, which is adjacent to the factory building.

Winebrenner said about 75 percent of the four- and five-story building will be demolished and replaced with a new parking lot. The wing of the building closest to the church will be left standing and will be renovated.

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The renovated building will be used for offices for the church, the Washington County Housing Authority, the Community Action Council and REACH, an acronym for Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless.

There also will be space for a permanent homeless shelter in the building.

REACH currently operates the shelter out of the former factory building, but that shelter will be displaced for about two years during the planned construction, Winebrenner said.

To pay for the estimated $2.7 million project, Winebrenner said the hope is the church's fund-raising campaign will bring in about $600,000. The rest of the money for the project will be borrowed, he said. The fund-raising campaign ends Oct. 15, he said.

The former factory building was given to the church about three years ago, Winebrenner said.

The church's congregation voted for the demolition and renovation plan about a year ago, he said.

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