City approves sale of Tusing Warehouse

February 28, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The Hagerstown City Council approved the sale Tuesday night of the Tusing Warehouse to Hagerstown developer Milton N. Stamper.

The vote was 4-1.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh cast the dissenting vote, saying after the meeting that the city should have kept the property at 58 E. Washington St.

Nigh said she thought the city could have come up with a better plan to refurbish the property, but failed to act on proposing a development concept.

Instead, Stamper will buy the property for $110,000. The ordinance becomes effective March 30.

The development proposal 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.


During previous meetings, the council debated whether renovations work on the building would interfere with the Western Maryland Blues Fest and Augustoberfest - two annual events during the spring and summer in the same neighborhood as the warehouse.

Officials from both festivals recently told the council at a meeting earlier this month that the renovation wouldn't pose a problem.

The ordinance states that construction on the building's exterior will stop between May 31 and June 3, the dates of the Blues Fest, and Aug. 23-25, the dates of Augustoberfest.

Stamper said earlier this month that he would like to start renovating the warehouse as soon as the permits are granted.

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