Taneytown weighing fate of pharmacy, bank buildings

May 20, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Taneytown has six months to figure out what to do with two old buildings on East Baltimore Street before a self-imposed deadline to sell them.

The city government voted Tuesday to accept Taneytown Bank and Trust Co.'s offer to donate the former pharmacy and bank buildings. It also decided to appoint a committee to conduct a six-month study of potential uses for the buildings.

"If by then a plan isn't in place or a viable use for the buildings isn't established, then the city will sell the property," said City Manager John L. Kendall.

City officials discussed the bank's offer during the May 9 council meeting, but were unsure whether to take on the financial burden of restoring the buildings.

The bank building's restoration is modest compared with the renovations needed by the pharmacy building, which needs a new roof and floor renovations.

Two estimates the city obtained for the rehabilitation work on both buildings were between $105,000 and $107,000, Mr. Kendall said.

"It would be about $15,000 for the bank building, and the balance of about $90,000 or so would go into fixing the pharmacy," he said.

The city government decided during a council work session Tuesday to take on the responsibility -- at least temporarily.

Mr. Kendall said some suggested uses for the building include a city welcome center, a municipal office with space for a welcome center, an office for the Chamber of Commerce and a spot for the Carroll County Office of Tourism.

There was also talk about converting the pharmacy building into a Taneytown museum.

The city government would be interested in talking with the person who earlier had approached the bank about converting one of the buildings into an old-fashioned bootery, complete with a potbellied stove for atmosphere, Mr. Kendall said.

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