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City hoping survey helps to plan future

November 29, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown's Light Department customers are being asked to fill out a survey to help the city plan for the future of the downtown.

The one-page blue survey was included in the bill sent out this month to the city's 14,000 Light Department customers, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said Tuesday.

Customers were asked to return the survey with their electric bills.

The survey is being conducted by four students in the master's in business administration program at Frostburg State University. One of those students, Paul Fulk, a Hagerstown code compliance inspector, led the group in developing the survey.

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The $475 survey is being funded by the Hagerstown Economic Development and Inspections departments.

The city hopes the survey will garner vital information, including the types of businesses customers would like to see downtown and what hours and days they would go downtown to shop, Giffin said.

The information will help the city in recruiting businesses for downtown, she said.

The survey also asks people what might deter them from shopping in downtown Hagers-town.

Fulk said he hopes to publicly release the survey results in late December.

Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said the information will be shared with the downtown revitalization committee and businesses that express interest in opening in downtown Hagerstown.

"The information gathered will assist in identifying the types of businesses that should be targeted for our downtown and provide current business owners valuable input on the type of services and hours of operation being requested," Hagerstown Economic Development Coordinator Deborah Everhart said Wednesday.




Questions in a survey that Hagerstown's Light Department customers are being asked to fill out include:

  • If you were to shop downtown, what stores would you like to see? Options listed include antiques, art gallery, clothing, furniture, jewelry, appliances/electronics, book stores, florist, grocery store and specialty store.

  • If you were to dine downtown, what type of dining would you like to see? Options listed include bar/grill, casual, coffee shop, ethnic, fast food, gourmet and sports bar.

  • If you were to utilize downtown for entertainment, what type of entertainment would you like to see? Options listed include arcade, bingo, bowling, dance club, live theater, movie theater and skating rink.

  • What days of the week appeal for downtown shopping? Those responding are asked to select the three days that most appeal to them.

  • What do you feel would be an appropriate closing time for downtown shops during the work week? Options include each hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., or later.

  • If restaurants were open for lunch downtown on the weekends would you dine in them?

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