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Martinsburg officials consider park near Roundhouse

March 30, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

City officials consider park near Roundhouse


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Members of the Martinsburg City Property Committee at a Monday meeting discussed building a small park at the intersection of Race and Commerce streets.

The park will contain a "storyboard" telling the history of the nearby Roundhouse and a plaque donated by the American Society of Civil Engineers, said Hal Snyder, with Alpha Associates.

The Society named the Roundhouse an important historical property. The Wheeling, W.Va., bridge is the only other structure in the state so designated, Snyder said.

The park will be paid for with donations solicited by the Society, he said. Benches placed at the park will contain arms, which should prevent homeless people from sleeping on them, Snyder said.

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Left turns at city intersection backed


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Members of the City Property Committee decided Monday to move forward with plans to begin allowing people to turn left from Queen Street onto Martin Street.

Conceptual plans call for adding left-hand turn lanes, which will require eliminating as many as 18 parking spaces along Queen Street, Covell said. Two large flower planters also will be removed, he said.

The plan is expected to help with the development of the Shenandoah, a former hotel that is now home to several businesses, and will give drivers an option to turn left, which is not possible for several blocks.

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