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Dagmar Hotel sold to Virginia woman

July 18, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The Dagmar Hotel was sold to a Fairfax Station, Va., woman who plans to fix it up, her husband said Friday.

Manish Mehta said his wife, Megha Mehta, plans to have the exterior of the 50 Summit Ave. hotel fixed up. She also plans interior renovations, including a mini-convenience store on the first floor for hotel patrons, he said.

Megha Mehta was out of the country on Friday, he said.

Dagmar LLC bought the hotel from Dagmar Associates on June 29 for $840,000, according to Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records and Hilton C. Smith Jr. The former owner of the hotel was listed on the assessment record as William E. Murray et al., which includes Smith.

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Smith said last month that he didn't have the time needed to run such a time-intensive business.

He said he had sold most of his downtown Hagerstown properties, but still owned the St. Charles Apartment Building on West Antietam Street next to the Dagmar.

Smith spends much of his time now at his home in the Carolinas, he said.

Dagmar General Manager Melissa Hughes said the Dagmar would continue its arrangement to provide supportive housing for Community Action Council clients.

When the YMCA moved from North Potomac Street to Eastern Boulevard more than two years ago, it closed its local housing program.

The Community Action Council started a supportive housing program for homeless individuals who have a disability, Executive Director Dave Jordan said. Eligible clients may stay at the Dagmar for up to a year, he said.

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