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NEWS
June 3, 2013
City Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said the demolition process on the former Holiday Motel, which began last week, is expected to take two months to complete, weather permitting. The city plans to leave the property undeveloped after the demolition, marketing the space through its competitive negotiated sale process, Sargent said. The white brick “historical” section of the former motel on West Washington Street will remain intact, he said. The Hagerstown City Council in April approved the allocation of more than $72,000 for the demolition of the North Prospect Street section of the former motel.
NEWS
April 7, 2007
Demolition of the Morgan County Courthouse, built in 1908 and destroyed by fire in August 2006, will be completed in about four weeks, Morgan County Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said Friday. The front entrance will be removed and saved for possible use in the new courthouse building. The cost for the new courthouse is estimated at $12 million.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
A Hagerstown inspector who visited the Washington County Hospital demolition project Tuesday found the contractor to be in compliance with all requirements, according to a city official. In addition, the Maryland Department of the Environment told the city it would also inspect the site and inform officials of any violations, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said. MDE had not contacted the city as of Tuesday afternoon, Wolfe said. The inspections were scheduled after a neighbor complained Friday that the demolition was spreading thick dust throughout the area around the construction site.
NEWS
August 1, 2011
King Street was closed to all traffic between Antietam Street and Baltimore Street at 7 a.m. Monday while demolition of former Washington County Hospital complex continues. The street closure had been planned in advance so a portion of the former hospital complex fronting King Street can be torn down, according to the City of Hagerstown. Detours have been set up for motorists to drive around the area, using Antietam Street, Mulberry Street and Cannon Avenue. Brandenburg Industrial was awarded the contract by Meritus Health to demolish the hospital, according to a published report in May. The company applied for a demolition permit from the city of Hagerstown in early March.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
The demolition phase of the project to renovate and expand the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown has been completed, according to Rob Slocum, deputy director of Public Works for Washington County. "The demolition was done to the extent necessary," he said. "What you see now is what will remain part of the library after the process is finished. " Slocum said that workers now can focus on the excavation process, which involves laying the foundation for the building.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2012
Large pieces of construction equipment will be delivered to downtown Chambersburg next week to demolish the former Harmon's Furniture building on North Main Street. Demolition will not start for another couple weeks because crews remain focused on hauling materials away from another site, which also is part of a $1.8 million renovation to the county courthouse complex, Franklin County Administrator John Hart said. “We're still anticipating we'll have the complete project done by October,” Hart said.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
With 2011 drawing to a close, The Herald-Mail took a look back at some of the stories the newspaper published during the year. We will follow up on some of those stories each day through Saturday to provide a glimpse of what happened next. No use yet for hospital site The story: In the months after Washington County Hospital's December 2010 closure, a hospital redevelopment task force recommended that Meritus Health demolish the former hospital and consider transferring it to a nonprofit group.
NEWS
March 2, 2001
Demolition of historic jail stalled By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The proposed demolition of the Jefferson County jail continues to hit stumbling blocks. Following a court ruling on the demolition, the Jefferson County Commissioners were required to contact the state Division of Culture and History and allow them to review the proposed action. The commissioners received a letter from the department in response, but it contained instructions as if the county wanted to save the jail, said Commission President James G. Knode.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 7, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com More than two years of debate about what to do with the old Jefferson County Jail came to a head Thursday night when the Jefferson County Commissioners voted 3-2 to tear down the 85-year-old building. Commission President Jane Tabb along with Commissioners James G. Knode and Al Hooper voted to tear down the jail despite concerns from Commissioners Greg Corliss and Rusty Morgan that the county was moving too quickly on the issue. Corliss wanted the commission to hold off on the demolition until it hears from a state agency that was formed to review the needs of aging courthouses in the state.
NEWS
January 13, 1999
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Two days before a meeting to save the historic Hagerstown Roundhouse, wrecking crews began razing one of the largest buildings at the complex. It was a day Hagerstown roundhouse preservationists knew was coming, but they still weren't prepared. [cont. from front page ] On Tuesday morning heavy machines smashed into the south erecting shop, a 30,000-square-foot brick and steel building where steam, and later diesel, locomotives once were taken for extensive repairs.
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NEWS
June 3, 2013
City Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent said the demolition process on the former Holiday Motel, which began last week, is expected to take two months to complete, weather permitting. The city plans to leave the property undeveloped after the demolition, marketing the space through its competitive negotiated sale process, Sargent said. The white brick “historical” section of the former motel on West Washington Street will remain intact, he said. The Hagerstown City Council in April approved the allocation of more than $72,000 for the demolition of the North Prospect Street section of the former motel.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
The state's Capital Budget bill cleared a crucial step in the House of Delegates on Wednesday when it passed a second reading, and tucked away in it was a provision setting aside $85,000 for the Antietam Fire Company in Hagerstown. The Capital Budget bill, however, did not include any money for the demolition of the former Municipal Electric Light Plant in Hagerstown. Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, who had asked for the fire company money through a bond bill to fund renovations and repairs to the Antietam Fire Company's firehouse, said the money would help Hagerstown residents.
OPINION
February 13, 2013
The line that separates “historic” from “blighted” is often too fine to discern. Historic buildings are only of value if someone with tremendously deep pockets can be found to breathe new life into them, and without such a patron the property will remain an eyesore. With no white knight on the horizon standing ready to ride in and restore three decaying buildings on Baltimore Street adjoining the new library property, the city and county are faced with two unpleasant choices: Get rid of them and lose a slice of historic architecture, or let them stand and degrade what will be one of the bright spots in the downtown.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2013
A portion of West Antietam Street in downtown Hagerstown will remain closed at least through the end of this week as demolition work continues on a building that burned in an overnight fire last week, a city official said Monday. West Antietam Street between South Potomac Street and Rochester Place has been closed since Friday after a two-alarm fire the night before ripped through the upper floors of 19-23 W. Antietam St. City of Hagerstown spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said the street would remain closed to through traffic until at least Friday, and might be closed through Feb. 18. Due to the fire and resulting damage to the five-story structure, parts of the building were found to be structurally unstable, Wolfe said in a news release over the weekend.
OPINION
February 7, 2013
There has been talk of revitalizing Hagerstown's East End for better than a decade. Instead, the southeast quadrant of the city has continued to suffer more than its share of blows - a lost hospital, a paper recycling plant that never worked out and a rusting ballpark that seemingly has flooded more often than it's been upgraded. Perhaps symbolic of all this disappointment is the decaying electric plant with broken glass that stands behind a chain-link fence. It's pretty safe to say that this neighborhood will never flourish so long as the old Municipal Electric Light Plant continues to stand.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2012
The scrap-metal market has fluctuated in recent years, holding up the City of Hagerstown's efforts to find a way to finance the demolition of the former Municipal Electric Light Plant on Eastern Boulevard, according to city officials. The cost of demolition, coupled with budget restraints, have also factored into failed attempts to strike a deal to raze the MELP plant across from Municipal Stadium, which has become an eyesore since it was shut down in the 1970s, city officials have said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2012
Large pieces of construction equipment will be delivered to downtown Chambersburg next week to demolish the former Harmon's Furniture building on North Main Street. Demolition will not start for another couple weeks because crews remain focused on hauling materials away from another site, which also is part of a $1.8 million renovation to the county courthouse complex, Franklin County Administrator John Hart said. “We're still anticipating we'll have the complete project done by October,” Hart said.
NEWS
March 7, 2012
Demolition of two vacant buildings near the corner of North Locust Street and East Avenue has started to make room for a new Hagerstown community pocket park, a city official said this week. City Engineer Rodney Tissue met Tuesday with the Hagerstown City Council to talk about the park's plans and a suggested name. In January, the mayor and five-member city council reviewed an initial concept plan and suggested staff meet with people in the neighborhood to get feedback on the park design and name.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
After being subject to closure for the past four weeks, Mill Street between East Baltimore Street and South Cannon Avenue is scheduled to be closed weekdays from Monday, Feb. 6 until Friday, Feb. 24, according to a traffic advisory from the City of Hagerstown's website, www.hagerstownmd.org . The road is being closed for demolition work on the former Washington County Hospital complex. Closure is expected to remain in effect each day between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to the advisory.
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