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Renovations planned for shopping center

March 29, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The owner of the Longmeadow Shopping Center on the north end of Hagerstown plans to renovate the property over the course of the next three years, City Development Review Planner Stephen Bockmiller said.

Bockmiller said the project is to start within the next year. The plan calls for, among other things, building a row of stores on the first floor of the former Sears building. He said the upper floor will be mothballed.

"It's quite an impressive plan," Bockmiller said.

The construction is to be done in three phases over the next three years, Bockmiller said. During that period, the CVS drugstore will relocate from the main strip of stores to between the Sears building and Sovereign Bank so it is closer to Potomac Avenue.

Bockmiller said the number of entrances to the shopping center from Potomac Avenue will be reduced from six to three, and one of the entrances will be closed on Oak Hill Avenue.

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In addition to the structural changes, about 80,000 square feet of green space will be added, Bockmiller said. A tire shop and an old theater on the north end of the shopping center are to be torn down.

The center also includes Ashley Furniture and the Pennsylvania Dutch Market.

The property's owner, RD Management of New York City, and project engineer Fox and Associates, declined to provide additional details.

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