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Hagerstown considers redevelopment effort

Friday - 3/8/2013, 10:35am  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Hagerstown officials are considering teaming up with a real-estate development group on a downtown revitalization plan.

A proposal authorizing the private group to act as the city's agent is the subject of a special meeting Friday of Mayor David Gysberts (GYS'-berts) and the City Council.

The group includes Towson-based Sora Development and Skanska USA, a New York-based construction company.

The Herald-Mail reports that the nonbinding agreement would authorize the group to produce by mid-April a list of projects that could become catalysts for downtown redevelopment.

Group spokesman Dane Bauer says the projects may include a new headquarters for the Washington County school board and a "multi-use" center. That's a term the previous administration used for a proposed minor-league baseball stadium that encountered strong citizen resistance last year.

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