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Mayor & City Council Could Be Ready To Put Former Hospital Up For Sale

May 22nd, 2012 by WCBC Radio

After voicing concerns for close to a year now, it appears as though the Cumberland Mayor and City Council is prepared to move in a different direction with the former Memorial Hospital facility- perhaps ready to put it on the open market for sale.  Ridgecrest Development of Frederick has a 10-year agreement with the city to find new tenants for the building, but the city has the option of taking the property back if sufficient progress isn’t made. That will be the subject of discussion tonight when the council meets in closed session with its legal counsel- and a plan to terminate the agreement with Ridgecrest was a last minute add on to the city’s public business meeting agenda set for this evening at 6:15.  According to the agenda, termination is to take place at 5 p.m. May 31st- next Thursday. The most vocal member of council advocating the sale of the facility has been Harold “Butch” Hendershot. Hendershot has said repeatedly that maintenance alone is costing the city a quarter of million dollars annually and it is time to move on…

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