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NEWS
January 31, 2012
Mill Street between Baltimore Street and South Cannon Avenue at the site of the former Washington County Hospital complex was closed Tuesday. Mill Street, as well as East Baltimore Street between King and Mill streets, had been closed weekdays since Jan. 9 as demolition work at the hospital site continued. The street had been scheduled to reopen after 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27,  according to a traffic advisory from the City of Hagerstown's website, www.hagerstownmd.org. Demolition work was briefly halted on Friday, Jan. 13, due to complaints of dust in the area from the work, but resumed the following Monday, according to a published report in early January.
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NEWS
January 27, 2012
East Baltimore Street between King Street and Mill Street and Mill Street between Baltimore Street and South Cannon Avenue are expected to reopen at 6 p.m. today, according to a traffic advisory from the City of Hagerstown's website, www.hagerstownmd.org . Both streets have been subject to closure at different times every weekday for the past three weeks as demolition work on the former Washington County Hospital complex continued, according to...
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
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2012
Neighbors' concerns about the demolition of the former Washington County Hospital continued over the weekend, when the tall building that crews had been tearing down collapsed in what a neighbor described as a “very large cloud” of dust. A spokesman for the demolition contractor said Monday that the Saturday building collapse was planned and controlled. “We prepared the building and then pushed it over so that we could get it down on the ground, and that was by design,” said John O'Keefe, marketing manager for Brandenburg Industrial Service Co. Inc., the Chicago-based company contracted by Meritus Health to demolish the downtown hospital.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2012
Demolition work on the former Washington County Hospital was halted Friday afternoon after a neighbor complained that the wind was spreading thick dust from the demolition site, a Hagerstown official said. "We sent one of our code inspectors down after we started getting complaints, to tell them to shut down" for the day, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said. Crew members said they were wrapping up for the day when the inspector arrived, she said. The city plans to return to the site on Tuesday to ensure the work is being done in compliance with the demolition permit issued by the city, which states that adequate measures must be taken to control dust, Wolfe said.
NEWS
January 10, 2012
East Baltimore Street between King Street and Mill Street and Mill Street between Baltimore Street and South Cannon Avenue are subject to closure to motorists and pedestrians on weekdays through Friday, Jan. 27, according to a traffic advisory from the City of Hagerstown's website, www.hagerstownmd.org . The streets are subject to closure so Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., the contractor for the demolition of the former Washington County...
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | December 31, 2011
COMMENTARY: The first rays of sun beamed down on Jan. 1, 2011, in what would become known in Washington County as the Year of the Roundabout - a perfect symbol for the greater Hagerstown area, which spends much of its time going around in circles. The Washington County Commissioners, for example, wasted little time getting down to their annual ritual of discussing a recycling program without actually doing anything about it. This streak of inaction is threatening the record of longevity established by Baltimore Orioles ironman Cal Ripken, who once went 2,632 games without recycling a petroleum-based bottle of water.
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
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2011
The Berkeley County Council voted 4-1 this week  to allocate a little more than $30,000 for the demolition of dilapidated structures on two properties targeted for cleanup. Council member Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci voted against the allocation Thursday. The vote allows the county to proceed with finalizing contracts with Pittsnogle LLC of Martinsburg and Steve's General Hauling of Hedgesville, W.Va., for the demolition work, according to county legal counsel Norwood Bentley III. The firms were awarded the contracts in September.
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