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City Hall lobby renewed

February 13, 2001|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

City Hall lobby renewed



The renovated lobby at Hagerstown City Hall was celebrated and a poster showing significant landmarks at the turn of the millennium was unveiled Tuesday.

Surrounded by City Council members and about 25 other people, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II cut a yellow ribbon to commemorate the $198,000 renovation of the lobby in City Hall.

Bruchey and council members applauded the renovation project, which had been in the planning stages for years and was under construction from June through October last year.

Bruchey noted that the renovations almost doubled the available space for the public, and made the lobby "much more appealing."

Before the renovations, the public and city employees in the lobby were separated by a wall that went halfway to the ceiling. During the renovations that wall was replaced with lower walls, which are made of a plastic laminate that looks like wood.

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New lighting was installed in the lobby.

Bruchey, with Councilman J. Wallace McClure, unveiled the city millennium poster.

"In 100 years people will dig them out of attics and say 'Look how Hagerstown was,'" said McClure, who came up with the idea for the poster.

The poster is titled, "Hagerstown Maryland at the Turn of the Millennium."

The 14 pictures on the poster are of Municipal Stadium, City Park, City Hall, the J. Louis Boublitz District Court Building, the Hager House, the Centre at Hagerstown, Fairgrounds Park, North Hagerstown High School, South Hagerstown High School, St. Maria Goretti High School, plus four pictures showing the view looking down the streets from Public Square.

McClure and City Public Information Manager Karen Giffin said the poster will be for sale. They did not know how much the city will charge for the poster, but said the price will be set so the city can recoup the cost of producing the poster.

McClure said it cost about $900 to produce the poster.

Giffin said anyone interested in buying the poster should contact her at 301-739-8577, extension 116; or e-mail her at kmg01@hagerstownmd.org.

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