Council moving ahead with Tusing ownership transfer

February 07, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council will introduce a proposal next week to transfer ownership of the Tusing Warehouse to a developer.

Last month, some council members expressed concerns that construction to renovate the building might create an adverse effect on the Western Maryland Blues Fest and Augustoberfest, events that take place near the warehouse at 58 E. Washington St.

During its Tuesday work session, the council listened to Carl Disque, founder of Blues Fest, and Charles Sekula, co-chair of the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation and owner of Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, say the festivals can work around the warehouse's renovation.

The renovation plan includes building an event center on the first floor for conferences, recitals and art shows, according to a development proposal. The second floor would be converted into a space for banquets, weddings and other activities for private and community-based groups.


"I'll work with whatever you give us," Disque said.

To make things easier, part of the purchase contract stipulates that renovation will cease from May 31 to June 3, the dates of the Blues Fest, and during Augustoberfest, Aug. 23 to 25.

Milton Stamper of Stamper Properties LLC said earlier that he wants to buy the warehouse from the city for $110,000.

He also addressed the council Tuesday concerning his plans for the property.

Stamper said he wants to work with the city and ensured the council that the renovation would "serve the Blues Fest (and Augustoberfest)."

After the work session, Stamper said he was optimistic that the council seemed willing to sell him the property.

Stamper wants to start renovating the building as soon as the sale is official and the permits are granted, he said. He did not know when that would be.

The Herald-Mail Articles