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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | September 8, 1996
The Westminster City Council is expected to sign an option tomorrow to buy the former Farmers Supply Co. property, a site identified as one of four parcels key to the downtown's future.City officials, however, have no intention of becoming permanent owners of the 1-acre site at West Green and Liberty streets. Instead, their plan is to sell the site to a commercial developer. The tract, which includes a historic stone building, has been on the market since 1989."I can tell you definitely that the city is not going to purchase it for the city's use," said Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2002
With a $221,000 face-lift and development nearby, the former Farmers Supply building in downtown Westminster - a 135-year-old stone structure that has been vacant several years - appears poised for new life. As soon as signs advertising space in the two-story building on Liberty Street went up a few months ago, calls began pouring in, said Stanley T. Ruchlewicz, executive director of Westminster Town Center Corp., the private, nonprofit group responsible for implementing some city revitalization efforts.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2002
With a $221,000 face-lift and development nearby, the former Farmers Supply building in downtown Westminster - a 135-year-old stone structure that has been vacant several years - appears poised for new life. As soon as signs advertising space in the two-story building on Liberty Street went up a few months ago, calls began pouring in, said Stanley T. Ruchlewicz, executive director of Westminster Town Center Corp., the private, nonprofit group responsible for implementing some city revitalization efforts.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2002
In 1998, the last time the city of Westminster held a ceremony to mark the redevelopment of the former Farmers Supply site downtown, Gov. Parris N. Glendening came to praise the city's commitment to fighting sprawl. The project proposed for the site, a $6 million Carroll County Bank and Trust operations center, was never built because the bank was sold to BB&T. City officials again donned their hard hats at the site recently for an event to celebrate the building of a four-story, $2.9 million office, retail and residential building called Westminster Square.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1995
A downtown Westminster property that has been on the market for six years could become the site for the city's fourth Rite Aid drugstore.Rite Aid spokesman Craig M. Muckle refused yesterday to confirm or deny rumors that a builder who frequently develops sites for the Camp Hill, Pa.-based drugstore chain is trying to acquire the old Farmers Supply Co. property at Green and Liberty streets.William B. Dulany, trustee for the approximately 70 owners of the Farmers Supply property, said yesterday that he had received a contract through the real estate agent who is marketing the property.
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By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1999
The Westminster Common Council approved last night several measures that it hopes will secure a new developer for the old Farmers Supply Co. site.The council approved an updated package of information that will be sent to potential partners for the site at Liberty and Green streets.The city's former partner, Carroll County Bank & Trust Co., was planning to build a bank on the site but pulled out of the project last month when it was announced the bank would be acquired by BB&T Corp. of North Carolina.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1996
With a flourish of poster board, Westminster city officials unveiled a consultant's sketch for the old Farmers Supply Co. property -- intended to inspire a flood of development proposals for the key downtown site."
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1998
The long-anticipated redevelopment of the Farmers Supply Co. site in downtown Westminster has been delayed while the project's key player tackles the millennium computer bug.Officials at Carroll County Bank and Trust Co., which is redeveloping the property into a $6 million office and retail complex, said yesterday that construction will be pushed back by about five months to ensure the bank has resolved the year 2000 problem before moving its operations center.The...
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By Jamie Manfuso and Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2001
Westminster Common Council voted last night to build a 155-space parking garage at the long-vacant Farmers Supply Co. lot, where a multimillion-dollar retail, office and housing complex is planned. The council chose plans for a smaller facility instead of a 177-space garage to keep the parking project within budget constraints. The smaller garage would save the city about $225,000, reducing the cost to an estimated $1.9 million. "The larger deck would force us to commit larger revenues that we had anticipated using for other parking projects in Westminster," said Thomas R. Beyard, director of planning and public works.
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December 13, 1995
REPORTS THAT RITE AID Corp. is interested in purchasing the vacant Farmers Supply Co. property in the heart of Westminster shows that city officials made the right decision earlier this year when they banned some kinds of businesses from the downtown business district. If the deal goes through -- and there is always the possibility that it won't -- a retail drug store will enhance this section of Westminster more than a 24-hour filling station would have.A well-stocked drug store -- carrying a wide line of merchandise including medicine, greeting cards, cosmetics, snack foods and magazines -- would establish a much-needed retail magnet in the heart of the Carroll County seat.
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By Jamie Manfuso and Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2001
Westminster Common Council voted last night to build a 155-space parking garage at the long-vacant Farmers Supply Co. lot, where a multimillion-dollar retail, office and housing complex is planned. The council chose plans for a smaller facility instead of a 177-space garage to keep the parking project within budget constraints. The smaller garage would save the city about $225,000, reducing the cost to an estimated $1.9 million. "The larger deck would force us to commit larger revenues that we had anticipated using for other parking projects in Westminster," said Thomas R. Beyard, director of planning and public works.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2000
Three years ago, when Harry Sirinakis decided to pour $330,000 into his popular Westminster restaurant, Harry's, a Main Street staple since World War II, it was the biggest risk of his life. Businesses were trickling out of town. Shops were boarded up. City officials and developers were desperately trying to draft local merchants into supporting a revitalization effort. Last week, after that effort received a multimillion-dollar boost with plans to develop three downtown landmarks, Sirinakis is more confident he made the right decision.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2000
The Westminster Common Council voted last night to begin a $3.3 million development of the former Farmers Supply Co. property and to commence negotiations to purchase the Carroll Theater for use as an arts center. Faced with three options for the 1-acre Farmers Supply site, just off Main Street at Liberty and Green streets, city officials chose a proposal from William A. Hasson of Tyler-Donegan Inc. of Hyattstown that combines office, retail and residential space with a city parking garage.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2000
Plans stalled last night to give two buildings on Main Street in Westminster a new designation that would allow for intensive retail, office and commercial use, while barring new housing. Moments after a public hearing before the Westminster Common Council, the elected officials declined to introduce the ordinance to rezone the 1934 post office building at 83 E. Main St. and the old fire hall at 66 E. Main St. The ordinance died -- for now -- when no one seconded the motion to introduce it. The map change would have been the first under the city's new central commerce zone, which applies only to selected properties rather than a geographic area.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Dennis O'Brien and Sheridan Lyons and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1999
The Westminster Common Council discussed zoning changes last night that could dramatically alter development plans for two parcels seen as key to the financial health of downtown: the old post office and the Farmers Supply Co. site.A proposed ordinance, the subject of a council hearing last night, would amend the central business zone and create a downtown business zone and a central commerce zone.Thomas B. Beyard, city director of planning and public works, said the central commerce zone would allow retail and commercial projects in key areas but would bar new housing at certain sites that have yet to be designated.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1999
Housing had never been part of the original plans for developing the old Farmers Supply site at the corner of Liberty and Green streets in downtown Westminster.But it is an important component of each of the proposals from three developers eager to transform the site into a place that would be used around the clock with retail, office and apartment space.One outside observer who is an expert in land use is glad to see plans that could rejuvenate Westminster's Main Street by having more people live there.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1999
Westminster's mayor and Common Council voted last night to place a three-month moratorium on accepting plans to develop two locations on Main Street that are deemed keys to downtown revitalization.Plans for development of the 1934 post office building and the Farmers Supply Co. will have to wait until at least mid-September while a report by Westminster city planners on revitalization of the downtown corridor is completed."As we look at all the sites together, it is important to have the remaining sites be developed in the way we'd like to see happen," said Councilman Gregory Pecoraro.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1996
A development plan by Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. for a critical downtown Westminster property was approved last night by city officials and the new nonprofit Westminster Town Center Corp.The bank's proposal for the old Farmers Supply Co. property would move its operations center to new office buildings on the site, along with the corporate headquarters of its parent company, Mason-Dixon Bankshares Inc.The plan features brick retail and office buildings, a parking structure with 210 off-street spaces -- and the rehabilitation of a historic stone building on the site at Liberty and Green streets.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1999
As Westminster officials consider proposals for a key downtown parcel, the North Carolina bank that acquired Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. -- and ended a $6 million development deal -- will present the city with $2.25 million and the deed to the one-acre site.The donation from BB&T Corp. of Winston, N.C., will include $2 million toward a planned parking garage, $125,000 to the city for remarketing the property and $125,000 to the Town Center Corp., a nonprofit entity created to handle that and other key sites.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1999
As Westminster officials consider proposals for a key downtown parcel, the North Carolina bank that acquired the Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. -- and ended a $6 million development deal -- will present the city with $2.25 million and the deed to the one-acre site.The donation from BB&T Corp. of Winston, N.C., will include $2 million toward a planned parking garage, $125,000 to the city for remarketing the property and $125,000 to the Town Center Corp., a nonprofit entity created to handle this and other key sites.
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