Imagining Downtown Hagerstown s Future

Imagining Downtown Hagerstown s Future

Creativity will flow when local citizens and redevelopment experts get together for three days of intense brainstorming in an event called "Imagining Downtown Hagerstown." From November 6 through November 8, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will help facilitate work sessions and open house activities, bringing together volunteer professionals from across the country with community representatives. Hagerstown was one of only eight communities awarded grants under a program sponsored by the AIA.
Participants will focus on the neighborhood around Lee and Sycamore Streets, an area in close proximity to the heart of downtown, but with a mixture of older industrial uses, retail businesses and public housing. However, design solutions wont be limited to the project areas boundaries. "We identified this part of town in the application to the AIA because redevelopment here will have an impact throughout the city," says Mayor Robert Bruchey, a member of the local Steering Committee for the event.
"Well look at establishing a connection between City Park and Downtown, new development opportunities, landscaping, and transportation issues," added Sharon Disque, Executive Director of the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership. Disque emphasized the importance of local participation. "Input from our residents is the key to a successful redevelopment strategy."
All activities will be held in the gallery of the Washington County Arts Council at 14 West Washington Street. The schedule includes open houses on November 6, from 7:00 to
9:00pm, November 7, from 3:00-5:00pm, and November 8, from 7:00-8:30pm.