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City discusses 'target investment zone'

December 13, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

The City of Hagerstown is attempting to expand its "target investment zone" to increase the geographical area eligible for grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA).

The City Council favored submitting the request, which would be up for approval at the MHAA's February board meeting.

MHAA grants for tourism initiatives, property acquisitions and building renovations currently are restricted to Public Square and the first blocks of North and South Potomac streets and West Washington Street. The city will propose expanding the target investment zone to the second block of West Washington Street, the first block of Summit Avenue, the first block of West Antietam Street and the north half of the second block of South Potomac Street.

City staff, in a memo, identified potential capital grant proposals as library expansion, handicapped accessibility at the Miller House and a new parking deck on West Antietam Street.

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