Two members of Hagerstown's City Council pulled the welcome mat out from under developer Don Bowman this week, as he sought a liquor license that would allow him to sell carry-out beverages at a store near the downtown restaurant he's building.
It's a slap in the face for a developer who has never publicly criticized the city government, even though a previous council rejected his proposal to renovate the Baldwin House, now the site of the University System of Maryland's downtown campus.
It wasn't such a pretty building when Bowman made his proposal. In fact, it was a crumbling ruin with a leaky roof and serious structural problems that eventually cost millions in taxpayer dollars to repair.
But Bowman was ready to step up then with private funding, just as he has stepped up to renovate another troubled structure, the old Tri-State Electric building on South Potomac Street.