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Hagerstown mayor: More information coming on proposed multiuse sports and events center

June 14, 2012

No new details have been made public about Hagerstown’s progress toward constructing a proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center, but Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II hinted this week that more might be known by July 1.

“I will tell you, as this project picks up momentum, we will be in the very near future talking about certain aspects of this project, making sure our citizens are aware of what’s happening,” he said prior to the start of a Hagerstown City Council meeting Tuesday.

While officials in Winchester, Va., continue to formulate their own plans to attract the Class A Hagerstown Suns, Bruchey said Hagerstown’s proposed project is still in its beginning stages, and more information will be made available in the coming weeks.

“This project has potential to possibly transform our downtown,” he said. “It is our goal to give you an opportunity to reach an informed decision while we carefully give this project full consideration.”

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The city is currently in negotiations with Suns ownership in the hope of securing a new 20-year lease with extension options to keep the team here long term.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said city officials held closed-door sessions Monday and Tuesday.

Monday’s talks were to continue discussions about a “substantial potential for private investment in our downtown area,” while Tuesday’s focused on board appointments and the acquisition of property not related to the downtown or a stadium “in any way shape or form,” Metzner said.

Bruchey said citizens can view the Ripken Design feasibility study online at the city’s website or tune into Channel 6 on Antietam Cable.

— C.J. Lovelace

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