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Stadium plan doesn't include major new parking

October 17, 2000

Stadium plan doesn't include major new parking



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Contrary to previous reports, the $15 million proposal to build a new baseball stadium at Municipal Stadium does not include plans to significantly increase the number of parking spaces at the site.

But Richard Phoebus, chairman of the private task force pushing the proposal, said he's working to arrange for additional parking near the stadium.

He said there could be 400 to 600 new parking spaces near the stadium, but he refused to say where they are.

Phoebus said there are nearby parking areas primarily used during the day, while stadium parking is typically at night.

He said any cost for additional parking has not been factored into the $15 million estimated project cost.

A lack of parking at Municipal Stadium was one of the reasons people began looking into building a new stadium.

Hagerstown Suns owner Winston Blenckstone said he would not sign a lease to play in the city unless another 400 parking spaces are made available. The Suns are the primary tenant at Municipal Stadium, and would be the primary tenant at a new stadium.

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Phoebus presented the $15 million plan Tuesday to a joint meeting of the Washington County Commissioners and the Hagerstown City Council.

Under the plan, basketball and tennis courts adjacent to the ballpark would be turned into 60 to 70 parking spaces.

But the existing parking lot would lose almost that many spaces because the plan calls for moving the main gate and putting new buildings along Memorial Boulevard.

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