Block Grant hearing Tuesday at City Hall

November 25, 2000

Block Grant hearing Tuesday at City Hall

By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer

Several hearings are scheduled Tuesday night at Hagerstown City Hall, including one to get public input on developing Hagerstown's Community Development Block Grant program budget for the 2001-2002 fiscal year.

The public is invited to testify on community needs and recommend ways to address them. That could include requests for grant funding for projects or organizations.

Each year, the city receives federal Community Development Block Grant funds to disperse. The city will have about $1.8 million available in the fiscal year that begins July 1, said City Community Development Department Manager George Andreve, whose department oversees CDBG funds for the city.

Generally, CDBG funds go only to projects or organizations that benefit low- to moderate-income people or to eliminate a blighted condition, such as building renovation, Andreve said.


In the current fiscal year, CDBG funds went to organizations including the Community Free Clinic, Washington County Food Resources Inc. and the Community Action Council.

Andreve said testimony at the public hearing will be taken into consideration when next year's budget is developed.

Any group proposing a project or asking for CDBG funding has to complete a request form by Jan. 16, Andreve said.

To obtain a funding request form or for more information about the program, contact the Community Development Department at 301-739-8577, extension 136.

There will also be public hearings Tuesday night on two rezoning requests.

The owner of the Corner Pub at East Baltimore Avenue and South Mulberry Street is seeking to have properties adjacent to the pub - 154-158 S. Mulberry St. and 202 E. Baltimore St. - rezoned from R-4 residential to C-2 commercial zoning.

In October, Darryl Sword said he wants to expand the pub into an apartment building next to the pub to make room for a new kitchen and additional seating.

On Nov. 8, the City Planning Commission recommended the City Council deny that requested rezoning.

Another public hearing will be held on a request from Masser Properties Inc. in Hagerstown for a Planned Unit Development overlay for property off Eastern Boulevard. The property has a C-2 commercial zoning designation.

Masser Properties is proposing a 72-unit expansion of Eastridge Townhomes for the roughly 13.5 acres along East Ridge Drive, which is between Eastern Boulevard and Tracy's Lane.

On Nov. 8, the City Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve the PUD overlay.

A PUD overlay and other zoning changes must be approved by the City Council.

Public hearings
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Several public hearings are scheduled, including the Community Development Block Grant fiscal year 2001-2002 Program Needs Hearing.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Tuesday, Nov. 28

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> 7 p.m.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Hagerstown City Hall

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