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Hagerstown plans to spend $426,560 in block grants

September 12, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will ask the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for permission to spend $426,560 to help pay for several construction projects in the city.

Community Development Manager Larry Bayer said the city has received the money in the form of Community Development Block Grants.

"It's in the budget," Bayer said.

Asking for the federal government's permission to spend the money "is just one of those red-tape hoops you have to jump through."

Bayer said the money will be spent in the following ways:

o $175,000 to rehabilitate the shower rooms, build a classroom and make interior repairs at Memorial Recreation Center

o $105,000 to reconstruct several alleys, including one near the intersection of Baltimore and Mulberry streets

o $50,000 to install new playground equipment at Staley Park and Ridge Avenue Playground

o $40,000 to install handicapped-accessible walkways at Hellane Park

o $40,000 to repair the roof and replace deteriorated siding on the Fairgrounds Entrance Building

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o $16,560 to build a neighborhood parking lot in the first block of Leroy Street

Bayer said all of the projects will begin in Fiscal Year 2009.

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