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Demolition date set for old Double T building

February 24, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown contractor is scheduled to begin demolition of the former Double T Building at 46-48 S. Potomac St., around March 3, clearing the way for a parking deck to be built in its place, Hagerstown officials said Friday.

The city is negotiating with Bowman Development Corp. over the sale of the former Tri-State Electric building, which is adjacent to the Double T building.

Bowman has proposed putting a restaurant or retail business on the first floor of the former Tri-State building, and offices on the second and third floors.

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As part of their negotiations, the company and city are trying to determine how to fund a parking deck where the former Double T Building now stands, Mayor William M. Breichner said.

The city agrees that a parking deck is important both to the project and to other businesses in the area but it has not determined how much the city would spend on the deck, Breichner said.

The three-level parking deck, with about 80 to 100 parking spaces, would cost about $2 million, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

Under its rehabilitation plan, Bowman would restore the historic storefront design, refurbish the interior floor and wall surfaces, and install a new elevator and stairs, among other improvements, city officials say.

Contractor Milton Stamper Builders will begin the demolition work in the rear of the building and proceed toward Potomac Street, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

There are no lane closures expected because of the demolition, but the sidewalk may be temporarily affected, Tissue said.

The city bought the Tri-State building for $120,000 from Hagerstown attorney Vincent Groh in November 1996, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

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