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Test results expected this week on downtown site once considered for stadium

March 18, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Don Marchese bores beneath the Herald-Mail Co. parking lot in this Dec. 4, 2012, file photo while taking core samples at the previously considered site for a new stadium in downtown Hagerstown. He works for Green Services Inc. of Baltimore.
Don Marchese bores beneath the Herald-Mail Co. parking lot in this Dec. 4, 2012, file photo while taking core samples at the previously considered site for a new stadium in downtown Hagerstown. He works for Green Services Inc. of Baltimore.

HAGERSTOWN — More than a month after the city received results of environmental testing in the area of the previously considered downtown stadium site, a report is expected to be released to the public by the end of this week, a Hagerstown official said Monday.

City engineer Rodney Tissue said city officials received the results of the soil tests in early February, but the report came in as a composite analysis rather than being broken down by property owners.

In early December 2012, workers drilled in The Herald-Mail parking lot. The work was part of Phase 2 tests to determine if the ground was safe for construction and to check for any potential hazards in the ground, Tissue had said at the time.

Tissue said the city has been working with the testing firm to break down the information by property owner before releasing it to the public.

“I’d like to get that information to the property owners first,” he said. He refused to elaborate on any of the findings in the report prior to doing so.

The site is near the corner of West Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue, and encompasses several properties including a Washington County building, a large portion of The Herald-Mail’s parking lot, a car wash and a laundry business.

Tissue told The Herald-Mail in early December that the city expected to receive the full report by the beginning of 2013.

Talks of building a new multiuse stadium for the Hagerstown Suns downtown have gone silent among city officials in recent months.

The most recent proposal in fall 2012 pegged the estimated cost for the project to be about $37 million before leadership at City Hall changed after the November general election.

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