May 23, 1997
A Hagerstown youth group can continue to use the former National Guard Armory, but must have fire exits repaired within a month, a fire official said Thursday. Twenty-First Century Teens has until June 20 to repair or replace the panic bars on the exit doors to the gym at the 328 N. Potomac St. building, said Charles Cronauer, deputy chief state fire marshal. The group can continue to use the gym because the doors will open, Cronauer said. The rest of the armory is off limits until life-threatening safety violations are fixed, including adding an exit door upstairs, he said.
May 20, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer A Hagerstown youth group could find a permanent home at the former National Guard Armory, but still faces the possibility of a temporary eviction, officials said Monday. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office will inspect the 328 N. Potomac St. building today to determine whether 21st Century Teens and Has Beens Boxing Club need to move out, said Charles Cronauer, deputy chief state fire marshal. If there are life-threatening safety violations, the building cannot be used until the violations are corrected, Cronauer said.
February 13, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer The Hagerstown Armory Youth Consortium, which wants to use the former National Guard armory, would need to raise $300,000 to make repairs to the building. Hagerstown City Council members want to see the consortium's plan and schedule for bringing the old armory up to code before they decide whether to sublease the building to the nonprofit group, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman. The city would lease the North Potomac Street building from the state.
February 11, 1997
By KEVIN SPRADLIN Staff Correspondent Each turn on the 200-meter oval is like sliding across a newly waxed kitchen floor. Shin splints are common and the gym is smaller than most facilities. Welcome to the Maryland State High School Indoor Track Championships at the National Guard 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Md., where this week dreams become reality for some and reality becomes a nightmare for others. "The best place to run, to get the best record, is at Hagerstown (Junior College)