Some work completed on former Massey auto building
Recently, some work was completed on the exterior of the former Massey auto building on East Baltimore Street to improve its appearance. (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer / May 3, 2013)
The largest of three blighted yet “historic” structures on a 2.77-acre tract purchased by the county in 2010, the Massey building had plywood on its East Baltimore Street-facing windows and numerous broken windows around the other three sides.
Several county commissioners, city council members and Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts expressed concern about doing something to improve the building’s appearance if demolition was not an option.
Recently, some work was completed on the exterior of the building to improve its appearance. Gone are the broken windows, and there is an all-around coating of new tan paint.
“The county fixed the windows and applied paint, in time for the nearing completion of the library,” Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher said in an email Thursday.
Sprecher said in February that the county wanted to at least have the building “spruced up” by the time the library project wraps up this summer.
A little more than $1 million for the Massey building is included in the county’s projected 10-year Capital Improvement plan, according to budget documents, with the project being funded in fiscal years 2017-18 ($435,000) and 2018-19 ($594,300).
Sprecher said the money is tentatively alloted for remediation of the building, which could then be turned over or sold to another entity for another use.
— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace
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