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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.

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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.

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