Soil tested at proposed stadium site

December 04, 2012
  • Don Marchese, of Green Services Inc. of Baltimore, bores into The Herald-Mail Co. parking lot in Hagerstown Tuesday to gather soil samples at the proposed site of a new stadium. The samples are to be tested to determine if the ground is safe for construction and to check for any underlying hazards.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Environmental testing is continuing at the site of Hagerstown’s proposed downtown multiuse sports and events center, and a full report is expected by the beginning of 2013, according to city Engineer Rodney Tissue.

Workers were drilling in The Herald-Mail parking lot Tuesday as part of the Phase 2 tests to determine if the ground is safe for construction and to check for any potential hazards in the ground, Tissue said.

“They retrieve the soil and send it to a lab for testing,” he said in an email.

Phase 1 environmental tests have already been completed.

Tissue told The Herald-Mail in early November that the Phase 2 report would be available by early December, but Tuesday he said in his email that they are expected after Jan. 1, 2013.

The Phase 1 study was completed by ECS Mid-Atlantic LLC for $3,775, and the Phase 2 tests are being handled by Triad Engineering at a cost of $8,345, city officials have said.

The fate of the proposed $37 million stadium project still hangs in the balance and the Hagerstown City Council is expected to further discuss the future of the project in the coming weeks.

— C.J. Lovelace

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