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City university leaders to meet Monday

December 06, 2000

City university leaders to meet Monday



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


University System of Maryland Chancellor Donald Langenberg and other University System personnel are scheduled to attend the first meeting of the new Hagerstown Education Center Steering Committee Monday.

The meeting, to be held at 1 p.m. at the Frostburg University Center on Public Square, is open to the public.

Langenberg was last in Hagerstown June 16, 1999 to talk about the education center to be established at the Baldwin House complex.

The names of the 20 to 25 members of the steering committee have not been made public.

University System Capital Planning Director Mark Beck is scheduled to give an update on the education center during the meeting.

Last month, Beck said the education center costs probably would exceed the estimated $12.5 million, but a new number has not been provided.

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Charles Middleton, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University System of Maryland, will go over the calendar for the project.

Plans call construction of the new center to begin in July 2001, and for classes to begin in the fall of 2003.

The meeting will include an update on the Greater Hagerstown Committee's $4.4 million proposal for parking and open space at the planned center.

The Greater Hagerstown 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 education center. That would raise the project's cost to $16.9 million.

Gov. Parris Glendening has said he supports the proposal but has not promised the funding to pay for it.

Glendening said Nov. 21 that he wants the state to help pay for improvements such as lighting and sidewalks in downtown Hagerstown and in other urban centers across Maryland.

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