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Hagerstown approves grant for Hager House stablization

November 30, 2000

Hagerstown approves grant for Hager House stablization



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Applications for grants to pay for the stabilization of Hagerstown's Hager House, an African American heritage survey project and a recreational trail along Marsh Run were approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The Hager House needs about $26,620 worth of work to stabilize the building.

According to a city memo, the gable end walls on the house are beginning to bow out. Inserting metal rods into the building would pull the walls back.

The council approved an application for a $13,310 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust to help pay for the work. The city would provide another $13,310.

The council approved another application for a Maryland Historical Trust grant. The city is requesting an $18,000 grant to help pay for an African American heritage survey project.

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According to a city memo, the project would involve historical research and interviews to create a report on Hagerstown's African American community, paying special attention to the Jonathan Street neighborhood.

The project would cost about $30,000 and require $12,000 from the city.

The third grant application approved Tuesday is for $57,500 from the National Recreational Trails TEA-21 program.

The grant would help pay for the creation of a proposed Marsh Run Greenway Recreational Trail that would go from City Park to Staley Park.

The trail would be 7,500 feet long, and would link City Park, Bester Elementary School, Hager Park, Municipal Stadium and Staley Park.

The project would cost about $115,000. It would require a $37,500 contribution from the city and $20,000 of in-kind city contributions for the design of the trail.

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