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Housing project will affect traffic in city

January 06, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Some West End traffic will be affected for several months by the demolition of the 210-unit Westview Homes public housing complex, a Hagerstown Housing Authority official said.

Starting Monday, Lanvale Street from Ross Street to about 200 feet east of Buena Vista Avenue will be closed to traffic for an undetermined period of time, housing officials said.

Contractor Harkin Builders Inc. of Marriotsville, Md., started demolition last month on the part of Westview Homes along Main Avenue and Lanvale Street. That demolition should be finished by mid-February, Housing Authority officials said.

Westview Homes is being demolished and replaced by a class-integrated neighborhood Housing Authority officials say should reinvigorate the West End community and improve the city.

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Construction of the first phase of Gateway Crossing, the new project, is scheduled to start by spring, Housing Authority officials said.

During the demolition period, construction vehicles will travel Washington Street from Interstate 81 and enter the site by way of Nottingham Road to Buena Vista Avenue and will leave via Buena Vista to Devonshire Avenue, housing officials said.

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