What's Wrong with This Picture?

January 08, 2012
  • These vacant, graffiti-covered structures in the 1900 block of Dual Highway are an eyesore, according to a reader.
By Heather Keels

The problem: Two vacant, graffiti-covered houses in the 1900 block of Dual Highway are a “disgrace to a community that erected a sign in the Dual Highway median saying Hagerstown is beautiful,” a reader wrote in an anonymous letter.

“Besides the garbage and rats, it’s just perfect for vagrants (and) druggies,” the letter said.

Who could fix it: The property owner, with enforcement from Washington County

What they say: On Thursday, a Washington County building inspector visited the properties, county spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said. The inspector found a few openings to the structures that were not secured, and informed the property owner of how to correct the issue by replacing three boards and covering garage windows, she said.

The review found no violations of the county zoning ordinance, Sprecher said, adding that the county will continue to monitor the property.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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