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Hagerstown City Council OKs money to tear down part of former hotel

April 24, 2013

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of more than $72,000 for the demolition of the section of the former Holiday Motel on North Prospect Street.

The city approved the purchase of properties at 170 W. Washington St. and 12 N. Prospect St. at a cost of $27,500 in February. Only the vacant three-story brick section, formerly the motel’s restaurant and a portion of the motel, along Prospect Street will be demolished, according to city documents.

The white brick building along West Washington Street will remain intact.

Milton Stampers Builders will demolish the building at a cost of $42,517, according to city documents.

The cost of asbestos removal prior to demolition has been put out to bid and budgeted at $15,000. Costs for constructing a new curb and sidewalk along Prospect Street are additionally budgeted for another $15,000.

The total estimate for the demolition project, which will be funded from the city’s Economic Redevelopment Fund, is $72,517, city documents state.

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The Historic District Committee has approved the demolition.

The properties, City Engineer Rodney Tissue wrote on the council’s April 23 consent agenda, have been vacant for about seven years.

According to Herald-Mail archives, city officials have said the purchase of the property was decided after another investor expressed interest in obtaining the former motel and possibly reopening it. City documents state that several years ago, prior to the motel’s closure, the property drew police attention for reports of prostitution, drug use and vagrancy.

— Holly Shok

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