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By BRENDAN KIRBY | November 22, 1998
Nary a parking space was to be had Saturday afternoon at Hagerstown's Prime Outlets, but that doesn't mean everyone was spending lots of money. "Who would like to be in debt after Christmas?" said Marlene Johnson, who made the trip to the outlet mall from her home in Baltimore. Johnson, 46, said she plans to spend less during the holiday season than she did last year and has learned her lesson from past holiday extravagance. "I want to live No more. You learn from your mistakes," she said.
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December 14, 2000
College agrees to 5-year lease at Blue Ridge By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Shepherd College officials told the Martinsburg City Council Thursday they have concluded lease negotiations to allow their community and technical college to move from Shepherdstown into the abandoned Blue Ridge Outlet Center. "As of today, we have agreement on all business terms," college attorney Alan Perdue told council members. The agreement to lease 19,200 square feet of one part of the abandoned outlet mall will run for five years, Perdue said.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
$14.8 million to convert blue ridge outlets into judicial center By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Turning the former Blue Ridge Outlets into a judicial center is expected to cost about $14.8 million, but the president of the Berkeley County Commission said Tuesday there will be a concerted effort to reduce that amount. Renovations would be needed to convert the Berkeley Building for use as a judicial center, including enclosing an open space in the middle of the horse-shoe shaped building to make space for courtrooms.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | September 3, 2004
Contract awarded for Dunn construction MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A contract was awarded Thursday morning for the second phase of construction work needed at the Dunn Building, a former outlet mall building that soon will house most county offices. The $340,000 contract was awarded to Minghini's General Contractors Inc., based in Martinsburg. Workers at Minghini's are already doing Phase I of the project, Berkeley County Commissioner Howard Strauss said. Phase II includes work needed to turn former retail stores in the tax office, assessor's office, Region 9 office and others on the second and third floors.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 6, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com If distribution of a $1 million grant promised by the state of West Virginia is delayed much longer, Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport officials say they might lose a $600,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant earmarked to build portions of a new terminal. The FAA funding is crucial to building the $2.6 million terminal, said Rick Wachtel, chairman of the Airport Authority. Airport Authority officials discussed the concerns at their meeting Wednesday morning.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | December 19, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Commission members signed paperwork Thursday that will allow them to move forward with construction of a planned judicial center. The center, which would be completed in 2006, would house Circuit Court, Magistrate Court, Family Court, the prosecuting attorney's offices, court clerk's offices and the probation department. Those offices currently are scattered among five buildings. The four-story judicial center will be in the Berkeley Building - one of three old warehouses off Raleigh Street that formerly was part of the Blue Ridge Outlet Center.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 22, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A judge on Tuesday upheld the state's process for handing out economic development grants, meaning Jefferson County Schools officials will receive the $6 million promised to help build a new high school and Eastern Regional Airport officials will receive $1 million to build a new terminal. The grants, announced last year, were held up because of a lawsuit. Now, the state can proceed with the sale of $215 million in bonds for the projects approved by the state Economic Development Grant Committee.
NEWS
August 23, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer [ enlarge ] In its first two weeks, Prime Outlets at Hagerstown drew nearly a quarter of a million shoppers. "Based on sales and traffic we've seen so far, we're off to a fabulous start," said outlet spokesman Brian Lewbart. Nearby fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and neighbors are definitely feeling spinoff effects from the $40 million outlet mall that features more than 50 stores.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | February 13, 1999
Nancy Bushey's students think their teacher has the biggest heart in Hagerstown, and thanks to Prime Outlets, she now has a shopping bag to match. The Smithsburg High School teacher won a bag full of goodies from the outlet center off Sharpsburg Pike for winning the "Who Has the Biggest Heart in Hagerstown" contest. Prime Outlets received letters from children extolling parents who give them extra hugs and special meals. But the outlet mall's general manager, Alice Rosen, said the Bushey easily surpassed them all. "Your letter transcended all the others," Rosen said to Smithsburg senior Jennie Fleagle, who wrote the letter nominating Bushey for the award.
NEWS
November 19, 1997
Valley Mall sold at a clearance price By GUY FLETCHER and BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writers HALFWAY - Valley Mall, the largest shopping complex in Washington County, was sold Tuesday to a Johnstown, Pa., company for a little more than $31 million - about half the price it brought in 1989, the last time it was sold. Officials said shoppers probably won't notice a difference in the short term, but the county will reap $241,300 from the tax for recording the deed, according to court records.
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