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North High stadium location not restricted

April 23, 2002|BY TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

A North Hagerstown High School stadium must be kept within an area that includes the former driver's education range and extends toward the tennis courts to keep from violating a deed restriction that covers another portion of the school's property.

Principal David Reeder said a restriction on the deed to another piece of property east of the stadium site prevents a stadium from being built there. That property was deeded to the county by the state in 1956.

Reeder said the stadium would be kept on the property deeded to the school by Henry A. Bester Jr. in 1955. In order to do so, he said, the school's parking lot will be rearranged and expanded.

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"This will be completely on the Bester tract," Reeder said. "We just had to think outside the box."

The former Bester property has no restrictions on how the Washington County Board of Education may use that land, according to a March 6 letter to School Board member Bernadette Wagner from Attorney John H. Urner.

The $2.1 million stadium would have 2,100 seats, parking for 218 cars, lighting, a scoreboard, a press box, a concession building with restrooms and storage and a wall of fame and plaza.

Construction of the stadium would be done over a three-year period, Reeder said. School officials are counting on fund-raisers, donations and business contributions to pay for the stadium.

Reeder has said the school will not ask the School Board to pay for the stadium.

North High, the largest of the county's high schools, is the only one in the county without its own stadium. The school uses School Stadium, which is on the South Hagerstown High School campus, for home sporting events.

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