Hagerstown briefs

September 08, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Changes to be made to big-box ordinance

City of Hagerstown officials agreed to make some minor adjustments to a zoning ordinance change designed to regulate big-box style stores.

At Tuesday's City Council work session, officials discussed one proposal that was questioned by Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire at last month's voting session.

The amendment, planning officials said, is one of several designed to expand control over big-box stores such as Wal-Mart, The Home Depot and Lowe's. The one discussed Tuesday would encourage stores to build two-story buildings instead of more sprawling, one-story buildings.

Aleshire had said he believed the amendment was not strong enough.

After discussing the amendment Tuesday, the council asked planning staff to add language that would provide more specific guidelines. The amendment is set for a vote at the end of this month.


Plaques approved for Jonathan Street

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the installation of two new plaques commemorating historic landmarks on Jonathan Street.

According to information provided to city officials, the plaques would mark the site of the former county jail, which was built in the 1800s and demolished in 1985.

The jail was at the corner of Church and Jonathan streets, and according to information provided to the city, was the site of pre-Civil War-era slave disputes.

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