HAGERSTOWN -- The city's planning department has recommended leaving Washington County Hospital out of rezoning talk about Hagerstown's East End, for now.
Planning Director Kathleen Maher said Tuesday "the three white elephants" in the East End will be excluded for the time being. Besides the hospital property, she was referring to the former Municipal Electric Light Plant and the former First Urban Fiber building, both of which are vacant.
Those properties will be considered once more is known about their future, Maher said.
The hospital building on East Antietam Street will be vacated when Meritus Health Center opens off Robinwood Drive in December.
The East End/hospital neighborhood is one of the special planning areas the city considered during a comprehensive zoning review.
The rezoning has been under way for months.
On Tuesday, the public was invited to comment on 19 more proposed changes.
One drew the most interest -- changing the former car wash property on Jonathan Street from Residential to Downtown-Mixed Use.