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Local leaders lobby governor

October 26, 2000

Local leaders lobby governor



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


City and county elected officials and Greater Hagerstown Committee members met with Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening Wednesday to request his support of a $4.4 million plan for parking and open space at the planned University System of Maryland education center in downtown Hagerstown.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II attended the meeting as did Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

"It went great," Bruchey said. "He was very receptive to our ideas."

The governor did not say whether he would support the proposal, promising instead to consider it, Bruchey said.

Snook could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

The proposal has the support of the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly as well as House Speaker Casper Taylor, D-Allegany.

The state has committed to renovating the Baldwin House complex on West Washington Street at an estimated cost of $12.5 million.

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The committee, a task force of local business people, has proposed razing six downtown buildings for a 153-space parking lot and green space around the university. That would raise the project's cost to $16.9 million.

Some backers of the downtown site, including Glendening, have maintained the downtown site has adequate parking for at least the short term.

But some city and county elected officials have said parking and other improvements are needed to ensure the success of the university center.

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