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E. Antietam St. closed as library walls come down

February 24, 2011
  • Workers take the concrete glass panels from the Washington County Free Library on Thursday piece by piece to be used in other local projects.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — East Antietam Street at South Potomac Street in Hagerstown was closed to traffic Thursday as workers took down the exterior walls of the Washington County Free Library's Central Library in downtown Hagerstown.

The demolition work is part of a $23.8 million project to renovate and expand the library.

The library building at 100 S. Potomac St. closed Nov. 9, 2010, and two temporary branches opened about a week later.

The $23.8 million project will nearly double the size of the central library to 84,758 square feet, officials have said. The project also includes construction of new parking lots on the former Massey Auto property on East Baltimore Street and improvements to Cramer and Bixlers alleys.

The existing building will be demolished to expose the building structure and floor slabs, county Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III has said.

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