City Briefs 10-3

October 03, 2000

City Briefs

Council delays vote on developer's option

A Hagerstown City Council vote on offering an option to purchase the former Tri-State building on South Potomac Street to a Rockville, Md., developer was postponed Tuesday.

The council voted 3-2 to table a vote on offering developer Marc Silverman a 135-day option on the building at 38-40 S. Potomac St.

Silverman is proposing purchasing and tearing down the city-owned building and the buildings on either side to build a $12 million, four-story office building with two levels of underground parking. He is seeking city Preservation Design District Commission approval for the project.

Council members voted to table the vote on the option to purchase the building after learning the city attorney wanted to adjust the agreement to address liability and other issues.


Council members William M. Breichner and Susan Saum-Wicklein voted against tabling the matter because they wanted to approve the option agreement without delay.

The vote is expected next Tuesday.

Hagerstown holding informational forum

An informational forum on Hagerstown projects probably will be held Nov. 4 at the Frostburg State University Center on Public Square in downtown Hagerstown, the Mayor and City Council decided Tuesday.

City Public Information Manager Karen Giffin said she just had to confirm that the FSU Center would be available for the event.

Topics expected to be presented include the Arts and Entertainment District, the stadium, Fairgrounds Park and the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.

The purpose of the forum is to give residents information on some of the major projects planned for and going on in the city.

Giffin said the forum probably would be held from 8 a.m. to noon.

Council requesting delegation meeting

Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council decided Tuesday to request an Oct. 31 meeting with the Washington County delegation to the General Assembly to discuss city legislative requests.

The Mayor and City Council said they will discuss and decide what requests to make of the delegation during an Oct. 27 goal-setting retreat.

They did not discuss any specific legislative requests Tuesday.

City to borrow for plant improvements

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday unanimously approved borrowing up to $2 million to finance improvements to Hagerstown's R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant in Williamsport.

The City of Hagerstown Drinking Water Bond, Series 2000, is a general obligation bond.

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