Hagerstown City Council briefs

October 11, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

Roslyn Building condo plans proceed

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to proceed with the planning necessary to convert the third floor of the Roslyn Building on East Franklin Street to condominiums.

"We can get up to eight very nice units in there," City Community Development Department Manager Larry Bayer said.

Bayer addressed Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II's mention of a previous plan to convert the space into city offices.

"I don't know that we'll ever get to the point where we need that space for offices," Bayer said.

Bayer said he hopes that the city can be a leader, encouraging other property owners to make use of the upper floors of city buildings.

"This building lends itself to residential development for a number of reasons," Bayer said, mentioning its elevator and adjacent parking.

Bayer recommended the city develop a plan for the condominiums, which he wants to be owned rather than rented. The city should arrange for an appraisal and open the work to bids, he said.


Council considers free parking in deck

The Hagerstown City Council is considering providing free parking from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the North Potomac Street parking deck.

"Basically, the gate would be left up," City Finance Director Alfred E. Martin said.

The council on Tuesday discussed excluding special events from the provision.

The council said it wants to replicate the holiday parking parameters in place for the past several years. That would mean two hours of free parking on weekdays in the deck, free parking in the evenings and free parking on Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 20.

City approves loan for hospitality group

Paradise Hospitality Group LLC was approved for a $100,000 loan through the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund on a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The council approved the five-year loan with a 9.25 percent interest rate.

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