Court to be kept in central Hagerstown

December 18, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In a move hailed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening as a prime example of Smart Growth, the state Board of Public Works voted yesterday to keep the Washington County District Court in the historic district of Hagerstown.

The board voted unanimously to spend $390,000 to buy a downtown warehouse that will be demolished to make way for a $6 million court building. The District Court is now in a former department store.

Last year, former District Court Chief Judge Robert F. Sweeney proposed a new building on the outskirts of Hagerstown, but local officials, fearful that law offices and other businesses also would move from the city center, protested and won the support of the Glendening administration.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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