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Washington County gets $1 million to build part of Yale Drive project

The money is coming from the Appalachian Regional Commission, which has contributed about $2.8 million for the project

June 13, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

A little more than $1 million has been awarded to Washington County to help build the first section of road off Yale Drive toward Professional Court as part of the proposed Mt. Aetna Technology Park, local and federal officials said Thursday.

The money for the project was announced by Maryland U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski.

The Democratic senators said the money is coming from the Appalachian Regional Commission, which has contributed about $2.8 million for the project, according to a news release from the senators.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation, or CHIEF, is developing the 173-acre park, which officials have said will create about 2,000 jobs over the next 15 years.

Yale Drive will be extended for access to the technology park, Hagerstown Community College and Meritus Medical Center.

About $9 million has already been allocated for the extension of Yale Drive, Greg Snook, president of CHIEF, said Thursday.

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The money that Cardin and Mikulski announced will be used to extend a leg off Yale Drive about 700 feet, Snook said. The leg will go across property owned by the hospital and through the middle of property owned by CHIEF, he said.

Two more legs of road between Yale Drive and Professional Court will have to be constructed, Snook said.

There will have to be additional efforts to raise money for the work, but Snook said he was not sure how much more money would be needed.

Engineering work for the park’s road system should be completed by the end of August, and construction on the roads should start in the fall, Snook said.

“This grant is about jobs in Western Maryland,” Mikulski said in the release. “The completion of this access road will help Washington County attract new high-tech businesses, jobs and economic development to the region.”
  

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