City engineer gives timetable for razing buildings

October 01, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

By mid-November, the former McCrory's and Grand Piano buildings will have been demolished and the debris cleared away, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday.

Demolition of the former McCrory's building started this summer while demolition of the former Grand Piano building is to begin in about three weeks, he said.

The Greater Hagerstown Committee proposed the open space plan in 2000 to provide green space for the University System of Maryland's Hagerstown Education Center, to open after renovation of the Baldwin House complex on Washington Street is complete.


The University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center is scheduled to start offering classes in January 2005.

The contractor began removing asbestos from McCrory's in August and has been removing the interior walls and part of the roof, Tissue said.

Demolition on the outside of the building will begin within two weeks, he said.

The city is paying $152,420 for the demolition of McCrory's and $117,480 for the demolition of the former Grand Piano building, Tissue said.

The demolition work is funded by state grants.

The city hopes work on the park area can begin next summer, Tissue said.

In addition to providing open space, the demolitions have another positive aspect to them, Planning Director Kathleen Maher said: The property can be used as a staging area for the contractor doing the work on the university project.

About 25 people attended an Aug. 28 public meeting with a consultant about the open space project, saying they would like to see the space not only as a place for students of the adjacent college to go but a site were others can eat lunch, attend events and take part in other activities.

The consultant, with landscape architects Mahan Rykiel Associates of Baltimore, presented preliminary drawings depicting what the area could look like with permanent and moveable seating, paths, trees, grass and other amenities.

The City of Hagerstown's $73,740 contract with the architectural firm is being paid with three grants the city received, Maher said.

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