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Monday Breakdown - Potomac Towers

July 28, 2013

A Hagerstown reader recently asked a question through Mail Call about the types of people who are permitted to live in the Potomac Towers high-rise complex on West Baltimore Street.

“I used to think that (Potomac Towers) was a housing unit for low-income senior citizens,” the reader said.

“I don’t know if it’s just for low-income people now.”

The reader expressed concern about seeing a number of “20-something-year-olds” living in the apartments there.

“Somebody needs to look into that,” the reader said.

Ted Shankle, executive director of the Hagerstown Housing Authority, the agency that oversees the high-rise, said in an email that only senior citizens and disabled people are permitted to live in the Potomac Towers complex.

“The (C.W.) Brooks building located on the other side of our offices houses elderly only,” Shankle said.

Potomac Towers includes two contiguous buildings — one 14 stories tall and the other eight stories — with one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as efficiency apartments.

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The complex “is designed to provide secure, accessible housing for elderly and disabled residents,” according to the HHA’s website. Applications are also considered from “near elderly persons” at least 50 years of age, it states.

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace

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