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Property lines set for Tusing Warehouse

May 10, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a motion that established the Tusing Warehouse's property lines.

Douglas S. Wright Jr., planning commission chairman, said now that the property lines have been set, officials can draft a deed for the building's sale.

The warehouse sits at 58 E. Washington St.

In February, the Hagerstown City Council voted 4-1 to adopt an ordinance that would give city officials permission to sell the city-owned building to developer Milton N. Stamper for $110,000.

The ordinance became effective March 30.

Wright said the planning commission had to establish easements and the warehouse's property lines, however, before the deal could go forward.

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Stamper's 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.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh cast the only vote to retain the warehouse as city property.

She said in February that the city could hatch a better development plan if the effort was made. That did not happen, she said.

Some council members initially voiced concern that construction to renovate the warehouse might interrupt The Western Maryland Blues Fest and Augustoberfest, two events that take place in the spring and summer in the direct vicinity of the building.

To eliminate any problems, language was included in the city ordinance that would prohibit construction to the warehouse's exterior during the aforementioned events.

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