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Hagerstown City Council OKs redesignation of Arts and Entertainment District

March 27, 2012

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday night approved several resolutions, including the redesignation of the city’s Arts and Entertainment District that offers tax breaks for construction and job creation.

A public hearing for the A&E District was held prior to the vote, with testimony in favor of the action from Mary Baykan of the Washington County Free Library and Tom Riford of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“It has the library’s whole-hearted support,” Baykan said.

The council also approved:

  • An ordinance to update the city’s Land Management Code for kennels and conversion districts.
  • The annexation of 5-plus acres at 580 Pangborn Blvd. into the city.
  • A resolution with the YMCA for management of Potterfield Pool.
  • A grant agreement with the Chesapeake Bay Trust for $27,000 to plant trees around the city.

In addition, the five-member council voted 3-2 to introduce an ordinance to rezone the Pangborn property to Professional Mixed Use.

Councilmen William Breichner and Lewis Metzner voted against the measure.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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