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Hagerstown briefs

May 11, 2007

Downtown parking rules discussed



The Hagerstown Planning Commission resumed discussions Wednesday on decreasing the number of parking spaces that developers are required to provide with rehabilitated buildings downtown.

The existing three-space requirement is unreasonable and makes things too difficult for developers to restore buildings for residential use, said Stuart Bass, the city's comprehensive planner.

Planning commission members expressed concern that the parking space requirement is scaring developers away.

"We don't want to kill off getting downtown started," said Martin Brubaker, a planning commission member.

The planning commission discussed waiving the parking space requirement entirely for some rehabilitated buildings, meaning developers wouldn't have to provide parking spaces in certain cases.




North Locust Street to close temporarily



If weather permits, North Locust Street in Hagerstown will be closed to all traffic from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. today between North Avenue and Broadway so workers can remove abandoned storm-drain lines.

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Traffic will be detoured around the work zone via North Avenue, Jonathan Street, Forrest Drive and Prospect Avenue.

Emergency vehicles will not be able to pass through the work zone.

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