Hagerstown briefs

November 22, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

Roslyn Building development halted

The Hagerstown City Council has opted to halt plans to develop the third floor of the Roslyn Building into condominium units.

City staff on Tuesday presented the council with concerns that selling the condominiums could result in absentee landlords renting them.

"We have the potential to turn that project into the opposite of what we wanted to do," Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said.

The original intent of rehabilitating the city-owned building on East Franklin Street was to provide an example for other property owners. The council is pushing for new uses of vacant upper floors of buildings.

Agencies tracking homeless population

A homeless information management system implemented in a proposed day shelter would track from where the city's homeless are coming, the city council learned on Tuesday.


Various agencies are coming together to track the homeless and possibly open the day shelter with services to encourage the homeless to become productive members of society.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh encouraged representatives of those agencies to seek county assistance with the project.

"We have duplication of services all over the place," she said.

Civil War Trails signs to be installed

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday showed favor to an agreement for locations of three Civil War Trails signs.

The "Gettysburg Retreat" sign is set to be installed on a visitors' center wall, while the other two signs will be installed on the side of the North Potomac Street parking deck.

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