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Hagerstown City Council, mayor hold executive session

June 22, 2012

The Hagerstown City Council and mayor held an executive session Friday morning to discuss a matter related to downtown redevelopment, according to city officials.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he joined the closed meeting remotely via a conference call for about 15 minutes.

But Bruchey declined to elaborate on the purpose of the meeting, or say whether it was related to the Hagerstown Suns or a new long-term lease with the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

“We were talking to a prospective investor in downtown,” he said. “We’re hearing good things, but the proof’s in the pudding.”

When reached for comment Friday afternoon, Councilman Martin Brubaker said the hourlong meeting was to discuss “property matters and potential redevelopment proposals downtown.”

“But that’s about as far as I can go,” Brubaker said.

“I’m encouraged by the fact that people are expressing interest,” he said.

Hagerstown is exploring the prospect of constructing a new downtown multiuse sports and events center, hoping to secure the Suns as the primary tenant of the estimated $30 million facility.

Bruchey said earlier this week that the city was “definitely” making progress toward forging a long-term lease with Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn, but when a potential deal may be announced is still unclear.

The city of Winchester, Va., is also still actively courting Quinn and the Suns.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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