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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2011
If anything is clear about the future of the former Washington County Hospital site, it is these two things, local economic development experts said. First, the hospital building is almost certainly going to be demolished. And second, nothing is likely to replace it for many years to come. If Meritus Health follows through on a community task force’s recommendation to sell the downtown property to a nonprofit organization, the site likely would remain a vacant lot for at least four or five years, said Richard Phoebus, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation, or CHIEF.
NEWS
March 14, 2000
Hagerstown City Council members agreed Tuesday to forgive a $264,000 loan in return for ownership of a vacant lot on South Potomac Street across from Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown. Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, which purchased the property at 501-515 S. Potomac St. in 1993, obtained the city loan in 1996 to refinance a bank mortgage and demolish houses on the property. The loan was funded by the city's Community Development Block Grant, which is federal funds the city disperses.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 22, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The vacant lot on South Potomac Street across from Bester Elementary School could be the future site of low-income housing. During a Tuesday Hagerstown City Council work session, Community Development Manager Larry Bayer and Dave Jordan, executive director of the Community Action Council, said the proposal calls for nine owner-occupied units that would be ideal starter homes. Jordan said each of the roughly 1,200-square-foot units would cost $130,000 to $135,000, and have off-street parking.
NEWS
February 10, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer First United National Bank & Trust will expand its Washington County operations by opening an office in the Clock Building in downtown Hagerstown in September, bank officials said Monday. Work on the Clock Building next to the Elizabeth Hager Center in Public Square could begin within a week, said Kurt Cushwa, the project's developer. First United's trust and commercial loan departments will operate out of the building, employing about six people, said William B. Grant, the bank's board chairman and chief executive officer.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | February 27, 2008
Council surrenders interest in alley The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to surrender the city's interest in an alley that abuts Funkhouser Park and runs parallel to Fridinger Avenue. According to city records, the alley will be given to Peach Tree Suites LLC under the condition that the existing trees in the alley are protected. Richard Toms of Peach Tree Suites LLC told the council he wants to build colonial-style homes in the area. Annexation of about 52 acres approved The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution to annex about 52 acres of land on the northwest boundary of the city.
NEWS
May 29, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Pa. - A 19-year-old Ortanna, Pa., man was repeatedly stabbed and burned before his body was found early Wednesday at a campsite 500 yards off a wooded trail in Carroll Valley borough, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police allege Jason Rueben Armstrong, 34, of 16 Snow Bird Trail in Fairfield, stabbed former co-worker Andrew Scott Bosley 15 times in his back, severed his ear and slashed a 4-inch-deep cut in his throat. Bosley's body was found off Ski Run Trail in a rural area of Adams County, Pa. Armstrong is in jail, charged with criminal homicide, arson, abusing a corpse and other counts, police said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 30, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Pa. - A 19-year-old Ortanna, Pa., man was repeatedly stabbed and burned before his body was found early Wednesday at a campsite 500 yards off a wooded trail in Carroll Valley borough, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police allege Jason Rueben Armstrong, 34, of 16 Snow Bird Trail in Fairfield, stabbed former co-worker Andrew Scott Bosley 15 times in his back, severed his ear and slashed a 4-inch-deep cut in his throat. Bosley's body was found off Ski Run Trail in a rural area of Adams County, Pa. Armstrong is in jail, charged with criminal homicide, arson, abusing a corpse and other counts, police said.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | June 1, 1998
File photo see enlargement Lenzlea F. Mosby Jr., who launched a one-man crusade against alcohol and tobacco last year, will lose his Jonathan Street grocery store and several rental properties at a tax auction today. --cont from front page-- Mosby's Grocery Mart, a fixture on Jonathan Street for almost four decades, closed at the end of January. "I wasn't even doing enough business to pay the utilities," Mosby said. The store, along with several rental properties and a vacant lot, will be sold at a tax auction at 2 p.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | April 18, 2004
In June of 2003, consultant Thomas "Rocky" Wade told me that it was time to stop talking about revitalizing downtown Hagerstown and actually start doing something. So almost a year later, what's taking so long? The short answer: The normal delays involved in starting to do something in a way it's never been done before, at least locally. The good news, according to officials in government and the private sector, is that within 90 days, there should be some real action. Wade was hired after a year-long study by the Greater Hagerstown Committee's Urban Renewal Forum, which agreed that downtown's greatest need is to get more homeowners to live there, in market-rate housing.
NEWS
June 26, 2007
Woman's death under investigation MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Deputies Monday were investigating the death of a 25-year-old woman at the Relax Inn off Winchester Avenue, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. Tamara R. Galbus was in a room at the Relax Inn with her fianc when he awoke and discovered she had died in her sleep, deputies said in a news release. A woman who answered the phone at the sheriff's office Monday could not say what time Galbus died. Investigators suspect that Galbus died of natural causes.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2011
If anything is clear about the future of the former Washington County Hospital site, it is these two things, local economic development experts said. First, the hospital building is almost certainly going to be demolished. And second, nothing is likely to replace it for many years to come. If Meritus Health follows through on a community task force’s recommendation to sell the downtown property to a nonprofit organization, the site likely would remain a vacant lot for at least four or five years, said Richard Phoebus, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation, or CHIEF.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 26, 2008
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Two-and-a-half years have passed since a fire destroyed a three-story building known as Greencastle's "Town Hall" for some time after its construction in 1871. Friends Rich Bateman and Mark Siner purchased the .14-acre vacant lot at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Washington Street at auction in July 2006. While they quickly took steps related to safety, like filling in the foundation, the pair had no immediate plans for the site. And the property's future remains undecided.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 30, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Pa. - A 19-year-old Ortanna, Pa., man was repeatedly stabbed and burned before his body was found early Wednesday at a campsite 500 yards off a wooded trail in Carroll Valley borough, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police allege Jason Rueben Armstrong, 34, of 16 Snow Bird Trail in Fairfield, stabbed former co-worker Andrew Scott Bosley 15 times in his back, severed his ear and slashed a 4-inch-deep cut in his throat. Bosley's body was found off Ski Run Trail in a rural area of Adams County, Pa. Armstrong is in jail, charged with criminal homicide, arson, abusing a corpse and other counts, police said.
NEWS
May 29, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Pa. - A 19-year-old Ortanna, Pa., man was repeatedly stabbed and burned before his body was found early Wednesday at a campsite 500 yards off a wooded trail in Carroll Valley borough, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police allege Jason Rueben Armstrong, 34, of 16 Snow Bird Trail in Fairfield, stabbed former co-worker Andrew Scott Bosley 15 times in his back, severed his ear and slashed a 4-inch-deep cut in his throat. Bosley's body was found off Ski Run Trail in a rural area of Adams County, Pa. Armstrong is in jail, charged with criminal homicide, arson, abusing a corpse and other counts, police said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | February 27, 2008
Council surrenders interest in alley The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted to surrender the city's interest in an alley that abuts Funkhouser Park and runs parallel to Fridinger Avenue. According to city records, the alley will be given to Peach Tree Suites LLC under the condition that the existing trees in the alley are protected. Richard Toms of Peach Tree Suites LLC told the council he wants to build colonial-style homes in the area. Annexation of about 52 acres approved The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution to annex about 52 acres of land on the northwest boundary of the city.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 22, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The vacant lot on South Potomac Street across from Bester Elementary School could be the future site of low-income housing. During a Tuesday Hagerstown City Council work session, Community Development Manager Larry Bayer and Dave Jordan, executive director of the Community Action Council, said the proposal calls for nine owner-occupied units that would be ideal starter homes. Jordan said each of the roughly 1,200-square-foot units would cost $130,000 to $135,000, and have off-street parking.
NEWS
June 26, 2007
Woman's death under investigation MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Deputies Monday were investigating the death of a 25-year-old woman at the Relax Inn off Winchester Avenue, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. Tamara R. Galbus was in a room at the Relax Inn with her fianc when he awoke and discovered she had died in her sleep, deputies said in a news release. A woman who answered the phone at the sheriff's office Monday could not say what time Galbus died. Investigators suspect that Galbus died of natural causes.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | April 18, 2004
In June of 2003, consultant Thomas "Rocky" Wade told me that it was time to stop talking about revitalizing downtown Hagerstown and actually start doing something. So almost a year later, what's taking so long? The short answer: The normal delays involved in starting to do something in a way it's never been done before, at least locally. The good news, according to officials in government and the private sector, is that within 90 days, there should be some real action. Wade was hired after a year-long study by the Greater Hagerstown Committee's Urban Renewal Forum, which agreed that downtown's greatest need is to get more homeowners to live there, in market-rate housing.
NEWS
March 14, 2000
Hagerstown City Council members agreed Tuesday to forgive a $264,000 loan in return for ownership of a vacant lot on South Potomac Street across from Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown. Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland, which purchased the property at 501-515 S. Potomac St. in 1993, obtained the city loan in 1996 to refinance a bank mortgage and demolish houses on the property. The loan was funded by the city's Community Development Block Grant, which is federal funds the city disperses.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | June 1, 1998
File photo see enlargement Lenzlea F. Mosby Jr., who launched a one-man crusade against alcohol and tobacco last year, will lose his Jonathan Street grocery store and several rental properties at a tax auction today. --cont from front page-- Mosby's Grocery Mart, a fixture on Jonathan Street for almost four decades, closed at the end of January. "I wasn't even doing enough business to pay the utilities," Mosby said. The store, along with several rental properties and a vacant lot, will be sold at a tax auction at 2 p.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse.
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