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Hagerstown City Council approves lease for police substation

March 27, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A new downtown Hagerstown police substation could open in May or June, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Tuesday.

The City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to approve a lease for 49-51 N. Potomac St., which is across the street from City Hall.

The building, which is vacant, would serve as a home base for the five officers assigned to cover the downtown, Police Chief Arthur Smith has said.

The Western Maryland Police Academy, now at police headquarters on Burhans Boulevard, would move into the downtown building. There would also be space in the building for the fire police to have an office, Smith has said.

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Mayor William M. Breichner said many people he's spoken to are "enthused" about the new substation.

The move is intended to increase police visibility downtown.

The substation would be a place for officers to keep the bicycles used for downtown bike patrols, and an office where police could work on incident reports instead of having to go back to police headquarters to do that task.

Rent and utilities for two floors of the downtown building, which is owned by Kurt Cushwa, will cost $650 a month. A state grant would provide $600 a month, with the other $50 to be paid by the city, Smith has said.

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