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Hagerstown City Council briefs

April 03, 2013

City to provide financial aid for new restaurant

The city of Hagerstown will provide financial assistance for a new downtown restaurant, the Flying Pie Co., in the form of a $15,000 loan-to-grant, after approval Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

Greg and Marjorie Kane, owners of 43-45 S. Potomac St., where their restaurant is set to open in May, are seeking city assistance to make facade improvements, Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said.

Sargent said the principal would be forgiven over time if the company meets certain conditions, including the creation of no less than four full-time and eight part-time jobs at the new location. The jobs and downtown location must be maintained for no less than 36 months.

The loan-to-grant will be drawn from the city’s economic redevelopment funds, according to a March 28 memo from Sargent to city Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

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Councilman Martin E. Brubaker questioned whether the city would have control over the facade renovation.

John Lestitian, the city’s director of community and economic development, said the owners have a contract with an architect who has designed a storefront that will have to be approved through the Hagerstown Historic District Commission.

Lestitian said the city will work with the business owners, the historic district commission and the architect to “make sure a good product is being delivered.”

Council OKs permanent seating for City Park amphitheater

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of permanent seating to be constructed in front of City Park’s outdoor amphitheater.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the mayor and five-member city council that plans include creating “a small amphitheater effect” using 6-foot steel benches with rubberized coating.

Tissue said the area would accommodate about 160 people.

The permanent seating design originally detailed U-shaped rows of wooden 18-inch bench seats and a raised back support built on top of a concrete base when city staff presented the project in October, but

Tissue said Tuesday the new design is more cost-effective, maintenance-free and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The cost for benches totals approximately $37,199, while concrete and grating work would run between $5,000 or $6,000, he said.

The project will total approximately $45,000, Tissue said. 

The amphitheater space still would accommodate visitors using their own chairs, Tissue said.

— Holly Shok

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