HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Hagerstown City Council is moving forward with plans to construct a new downtown park.

The Herald Mail of Hagerstown reports that the council unanimously approved a demolition contract on Tuesday to raze two vacant buildings at North Locust Street and East Avenue to make room for the new mini-park. The work will be done by Allegany Wrecking & Salvage of Hagerstown.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the city bought the properties, which have five residential units, in December with the intent of knocking them down.

Tissue says city officials want to meet with local residents and historians in February or March to discuss the park and a possible name for it.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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