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Council expected to approve land to be used for boys and girls club center

May 10, 2006|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

A majority of Hagerstown City Council members indicated on Tuesday that they support conveying three acres in Noland Village to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

Last year, the club asked for the land to build a recreational center with a gymnasium, a social area, a computer lab and a library.

A preliminary sketch plan showed a 19,900-square-foot building that also had a game room, offices, a laundry, an art studio, a kitchen and a café.

In September 2005, Jim Deaner, the club's executive director, said about 20 children in Noland Village take part in a club program, but "there's 500 there that need it."

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The land matter was back before the council on Tuesday because of previous questions about transferring property.

The Rosen family deeded the land to the city in 1971.

In a letter last month, Odell H. Rosen of Morrisville, N.C., said his family approves of using the land for a recreational center.

The matter will go back to the council for an official vote.

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