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City supports proposed bus stop move

October 15, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday expressed support for a proposal to move a downtown Hagerstown bus stop from its present location near Public Square.

John Budesky, director of administrative services, presented to the council two locations where a bus stop could be located on city-owned property off West Washington Street. The sites are in a city parking lot across Washington Street from Elizabeth Court near the Tusing Warehouse.

The Washington County Commissioners would have to approve the site, Budesky said. The county also would have to hold a public hearing, she said.

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The bus stop could not be moved for at least six to eight months, Budesky said.

Council members said the bus stop should have a place where people waiting for the bus can sit.

In mid-August, developer Dominick Perini asked the city to move the bus stop farther from property his company owns at the southwest corner of Public Square.

In making the request, Perini said bus passengers are deterring potential tenants for the property and causing sidewalk congestion.

People waiting for buses to arrive sit on building steps and planters in front of the former People's building, Perini, executive vice president of Perini Properties Corp., wrote in an Aug. 5 letter to the city.

The current setup makes "good citizens look like loiterers." Councilman Lewis C. Metzner agreed Tuesday.

Perini had suggested the County Commuter stop be moved to the front of the building that formerly housed Washington County District Court.

But that site would block an alleyway and could cause congestion across the street from the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, Budesky said.

The head of County Commuter has said the proposed sites would work.

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