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Hagerstown City Council briefs

November 14, 2012

City council approves sale of downtown property

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to authorize the sale of a South Potomac Street property for $105,000.

The buyer, CAPYBARA LLC, has agreed to purchase the 140 S. Potomac St. property, renovate the structure and occupy the building with commercial offices, according to the purchase agreement.

The city council voted 4-0 in favor of the motion, with Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood absent. The ordinance will go into effect Dec. 14.

CAPYBARA, whose listed principal is local developer David C. Lyles, would be responsible for submitting a development plan for the quarter-acre property, detailing its proposed exterior and interior renovations estimated to cost at least $250,000 excluding the purchase price, the purchase agreement states.

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The development plan must be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the closing date of sale, according to the purchase agreement.

The city will handle water service upgrades at the site.

The city purchased the property in 2009 for $55,000, hoping to incorporate it into its revitalization efforts of South Potomac Street. It has since fallen into a state of disrepair and further deterioration might have led to demolition.

A contract of sale was approved in 2011, but the buyer at the time backed out.

2014 project priorities for Program Open Space funding

City of Hagerstown officials want to add new wading pool amenities and an additional shade canopy at Potterfield Pool as part of its proposed projects in the 2013-14 fiscal year that would be paid for with Program Open Space grant money.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue on Tuesday presented the Hagerstown City Council with a staff recommendation for seven projects that the city will submit to the county for POS funding consideration in next year’s budget.

Topping its list of priorities, the city plans to apply for $49,500 to purchase spilling buckets and other water features for kids at the wading pool, Tissue said.

The second priority on the list was to apply for $13,500 to add a shade canopy near the pool’s concession area.

Money that would be used toward funding dog park amenities was originally third on the list, but council members wanted to drop that to the bottom because they were unsure if the new council would decide to move forward with plans to add a park in the city.

Other projects include constructing three pavilions and a gazebo at several city parks.

Council members agreed that the park additions would be great investments. Tissue said park pavilions and gazebos are often booked up all summer.

“I see the parks being used. I use them,” Councilman Martin Brubaker said. “These pavilions are worthwhile. Our citizens get a lot out of it.”

Tissue said the city typically expects to receive between $50,000 to $70,000 for POS projects.

This past year, the city received $65,000 for several projects, including purchasing bleachers, an additional pavilion at Potterfield and upcoming Phase 2 improvements at Memorial Park, he said.

The city plans to submit the following projects for consideration for Program Open Space funding in fiscal year 2013-14:

  1. Potterfield Pool wading pool amenities - $49,500
  2. Potterfield Pool concession area shade canopy - $13,500
  3. Kiwanis Park pavilion - $22,500
  4. City Park pavilion, north end of lake - $22,500
  5. Pangborn Park gazebo, near gardens - $10,800
  6. Staley Park pavilion, near existing pavilion - $22,500
  7. Dog Park amenities (if built) - $22,500

— C.J. Lovelace

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