Business Activity Picking Up In Hagerstown, Chamber Of Commerce Says

It’s in anticipation of the construction of a new baseball stadium.

Hagerstown, Md (KM) The business community in Hagerstown is preparing for the eventual construction of a new 5,000 seat stadium on Summit Avenue. The Maryland Stadium Authority has acquired all the properties needed for the new facility which will be home of an Atlantic League Professional Baseball team.

“And for the new baseball team downtown, they’ve started site work. They’re; starting  to demolish the buildings that will be replaced with a baseball stadium. We’re looking at opening day hopefully in 2024, the spring,” says Paul Frey, the President and CEO of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

The $70-million ball park has been pitched by the city as a multi-use facility which could also host concerts, festivals and other events.

Frey also says businesses are going up in the area around Summit Avenue where the stadium will be constructed. “North Potomac, where the farmers market was, our friends from Smoketown Brewery are opening up a brewery. That’s should be open by later this year or early next year,” he says.

He also says a bagel and beer place is also set to open next March. “We have investors coring from all over that are  opening up businesses; that are rehabbing these buildings s into apartments and condos. So this investment in the stadium is already having positive affects which we think will continue to occur not only to bring businesses but to bring jobs and to really enhance what we’re already doing in Hagerstown,” Frey says.

Frey was a guest recently on WFMD’s “Four State Focus.”

By Kevin McManus