Two public hearings at Hagerstown Mayor and Council meeting tonight could bring some interesting discussion

May 23 – A 566-page packet accompanies the regular session for the Hagerstown Mayor and Council tonight.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Citizens are welcome to attend in-person or watch the meeting on the City’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Wes Decker, Communications Officer for the City of Hagerstown, checked in for a preview of the meeting.

Part of the reason the packet is 566 pages is because there are two public hearings within the meeting – one of which will discuss a property at 245 North Potomac Street where the owner is looking to expand the commercial uses of that property.

By the time it gets to a public hearing, it means the Planning Commission and the historic district has already approved the plan.

Tonight will be a chance for the public to weigh in.

The second public hearing will look at the Surrey property where a Boutique Hotel could go in across from City Park. At one point in time, the building was the Surrey School and then it was owned by Meritus. It has been empty for a number of years.

Decker said, “This one could be a little contentious. There has been a little, I guess you would say, opposition within the neighborhood as it relates to parking and some other considerations that would go along with making that change as far as the zoning is concerned for that hotel to go in there.”

The developers have addressed the parking issue in previous meetings.

Decker said, “Just trying to get everyone on board with this as much as you can. It’s difficult to get everyone 100 percent behind any particular project. I think they’re attempting to make as many concessions as possible to make everyone happy, so we’ll see if we can at least get the majority of people happy before the evening’s over.”

For tonight’s agenda, click here: https://hagerstown.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=1051&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda