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Commissioners support art districts

November 28, 2001

Commissioners support art districts



The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday unanimously agreed to support applications by the Town of Hancock and the City of Hagerstown for special state designations for Arts and Entertainment districts.

Hagerstown is applying to have the four-block area around Public Square designated a Smart Growth Arts and Entertainment District, Hagerstown Senior Planner Kathy Maher said. If approved, such a designation would make tax incentives and loans available to artists and some businesses within the district, she said.

The Town of Hancock is applying for its entire town to get state designation as a district, Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy said.

The commissioners agreed to provide property tax credits for 10 years for projects creating housing or space for arts-related businesses in either district. There was no estimate on the amount of the credits.

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The state will endorse one district per county.

- Scott Butki

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