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Routzahn's demolition set to begin

February 26, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Demolition is to begin today on part of the former Routzahn's department store warehouse, which is being razed to make way for the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

The education center, which is scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2004, is being built on West Washington Street. Part of the Baldwin House complex property is being renovated for the center, and some structures will be demolished.

The Routzahn's store building, which is adjacent to the warehouse, will remain but part of the warehouse building will be torn down, Tissue said. Classrooms will be built on both sections of the building, Tissue said.

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Mayor William M. Breichner said the demolition is a big step in the project.

In order for the work on the Routzahn's building to be done, the alley from Jonathan Street to near the city's public parking lot on Potomac Street near City Hall will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for about four to six weeks, Tissue said.

The alley also will be closed intermittently from mid-March to June for the planned demolition of the former McCrory's Building and the former Grand Piano warehouse.

West Washington Street is not expected to be affected by the work, Tissue said.

City plans call for a park to replace the McCrory's building, and for decorative pavement and landscaping to go on the warehouse site.

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