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City considers selling former Reserve building to county for senior citizens center

November 12, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The City of Hagerstown is considering selling a former U.S. Army Reserve building to Washington County for $625,000 for a senior citizens center.

The potential purchase is on the Hagerstown City Council’s agenda Tuesday.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners originally was not scheduled to meet Tuesday. Now, it will, also to discuss the possible purchase, according to an email from county spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher.

The county planned to build a new senior citizens center on the Hagerstown Community College campus. However, some commissioners expressed their concern about rising costs for the project.

Last week, the commissioners voted 4-0 to reject the latest round of bids and to start over.

The former Reserve building on Willard Street in Hagerstown surfaced as a possible alternative site in recent weeks.

Joseph Kroboth III, the county’s Public Works director, has said the Reserve building needs some improvements but has potential.

A memo Friday from City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman to the mayor and city council says: “This morning we were notified of the county’s desire to move forward with the acquisition of the Army Reserve property for a senior citizens center. The proposed acquisition price is $625,000.”

Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation records show that the former Reserve building and the 4.6 acres upon which it sits were assessed at $2.03 million.

The council is scheduled Tuesday to introduce an ordinance to sell the Reserve building to the county, then would give final approval to the sale Nov. 20.

The next city council, with three new members — along with a new mayor — will be sworn in Nov. 27.

If you go ...

What: Discussions of sale of former U.S. Army Reserve building for a senior citizens center

  • Washington County Board of Commissioners: Tuesday, 1 p.m., 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown
  • Hagerstown City Council: Tuesday, 4 p.m., City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St.

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