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Campus project grant is awarded

The city will receive nearly $300,000 to help pay for a planned open space project.

The city will receive nearly $300,000 to help pay for a planned open space project.

November 11, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The state has announced it will award a $261,762 grant to Hagerstown to pay for part of a $4.2 million open space plan at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said Friday.

The city had requested a $300,000 Community Parks and Playgrounds Initiative grant for the project, which was proposed by Washington County business leaders in 2000 to complement the University System's renovation of the Baldwin House complex on Washington Street.

The city received the news about the grant in a letter, dated Thursday, from the governor's office.

In late October the governor's office announced it was giving a $775,000 Community Legacy Program grant to the city to help pay for the project. The city had applied for $1.169 million from the state Community Legacy Program, a Smart Growth initiative created last year by the state.

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"This obviously helps us," Breichner said of the grants.

"The community has been wanting this project to happen and now it can," senior planner Kathleen Maher said.

As part of the plan, five buildings would be demolished and a park and a 153-space parking lot would be created.

The first priority, Breichner said, is to fund the demolition of the former McCrory's building at 50-56 W. Washington St. next to the education center site. The building would be replaced with a small park.

The state has budgeted $13.3 million for the education center.

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