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Hagerstown council considers allowing Stadium Grill owner to build parking lot

June 16, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council likely will allow the owner of the Stadium Grill and Tavern to build a parking lot on top of city-owned property that sits between Municipal Stadium and the Cannon Avenue business, City Economic Director Deborah Everhart said.

On Tuesday, owner Steve Parrotte went before the council to get permission to pave about a half-acre of dirt and gravel that is adjacent to the Stadium Grill and Tavern at 401 S. Cannon Ave.

He proposed to spend about $80,000 and asked to lease the lot for 25 years so his patrons could park there, Everhart said. In addition to building the parking lot, Parrotte would like to add sidewalks and curbs to the property and landscape it.

Everhart said by allowing Parrotte to go forward with the project, the city could save about $12,000 because officials were planning to replace curbs on the property. At this point, Everhart said she didn't know how much the city would charge Parrotte to lease the land.

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In a memorandum, Everhart wrote that the tavern management would be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the lot.

Everhart said she wasn't certain how many parking spaces would be available, but five spaces would be reserved for people to park during Hagerstown Suns games. People probably wouldn't park there, however, because vehicles in that area are more likely to get hit by baseballs that travel over the fence, she said.

Everhart said the council probably would vote on the issue in July.

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