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City Council to discuss Tusing Warehouse sale

February 12, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN

The Hagerstown City Council will hold a special session this afternoon to discuss selling the Tusing Warehouse.

Deborah A. Everhart, city director of economic development, said the council will vote to introduce an ordinance to sell the building. The council won't vote to adopt the ordinance until later this month, she said.

Everhart said the ordinance likely will be adopted during the council's Feb. 27 meeting, but the ordinance wouldn't become effective until March 30. Once that happens, settlement on the property at 58 E. Washington St. can occur, she said.

The council has discussed selling the property for $110,000 to Milton N. Stamper, a Hagerstown developer.

According to a development proposal, the renovation of the warehouse includes building an events center on the first floor for conferences, recitals and art shows. The second floor would be converted into a space for banquets, weddings and other activities for private and community groups.

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There also have been discussions about making the warehouse the new home of the Potomac Playmakers, a local community theater group, said Ruth Ridenour, the group's president.

"We've given a letter of intent," she said.

Last month, some council members expressed concern that construction associated with the warehouse's renovation might interfere with the Western Maryland Blues Fest and Augustoberfest, two events held annually near the Tusing building.

The council proposed last week that a condition of the sale would stipulate that construction would cease during those events to prevent conflicts.

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