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Washington County Commissioners to buy house for Funkstown bypass

First phase will connect East Oak Ridge Drive and Frederick Street

June 19, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to purchase a home and land on Frederick Street in Hagerstown as part of the plans for a road-improvement project.

The county is lining up property it will need to build Southern Boulevard, which has been known over the years as the Funkstown bypass. It is planned to run from U.S. 40 to East Oak Ridge Drive.

The first phase will connect East Oak Ridge Drive and Frederick Street.

The commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to spend $105,000 to buy 1244 Frederick St. Commissioner John F. Barr was absent.

Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation records indicate that 1244 Frederick St. belongs to Eric A. Reichard, who bought it in 2001 for $93,000.

A house of about 1,300 square feet sits on a parcel of about 19,000 square feet, according to assessment records.

Joseph Kroboth III, Washington County’s director of public works, said the county needed only a piece of that property for phase 1 of the project, but decided it would be better to try to purchase the whole parcel at once.

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“This total acquisition is required to make the necessary road intersection alignment, and allow for future removal of the structure,” Joe Kuhna, the county’s real property administrator, wrote in a memorandum that was part of the commissioners’ meeting packet.

The $105,000 will come from the county’s capital improvement project.

Kroboth said it was one of many tracts of land that will be needed for the project.

He said design for Southern Boulevard is “virtually complete.”

The county still has to acquire rights of way and secure the total funding for the project before it can go out to bid, he said.

Once that happens, it’s expected to take 12 to 18 months to build, Kroboth said.

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