Hagerstown library project to cost about $22.8 million

November 19, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Some library parking land not secured yet

During a celebration of the renovation and expansion of the downtown Hagerstown library Wednesday, the cost was estimated at $20 million.

But that estimate is low, according to Washington County's capital improvement plan and the county's public works director.

The county CIP lists the project at $21.3 million -- which also is incomplete.

Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said a CIP summary chart doesn't account for $1.5 million of in-kind services the city of Hagerstown is contributing to the project.

That puts the current project cost at about $22.8 million, Kroboth said.

About half will come from the state and the rest from the city, the county and a library endowment fund.

Originally, the city was going to buy land for library parking. Kroboth said it was a generous offer, since the city isn't statutorily responsible for the library, as the county is.


At some point, though, it made more sense for the county to buy the land for parking, he said. Instead, the city is making a contribution.

The state is contributing $11.3 million. That includes $10.5 million because the building houses Western Maryland's regional library.

The Herald-Mail Articles