- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Hagerstown City Council has announced its support for funding the expansion of the Maryland Theatre.

Council members offered their informal approval Tuesday after Washington County Administrator Gregory Murray gave the council and Mayor Dave Gysberts a presentation on the project. The expansion is part of the Urban Improvement Project, which also includes expanding the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown and providing more space for the Barbara Ingram School for the arts.

Murray says the project will cost more than $20 million, and will involve expansion to the theater’s front courtyard and added space for operations, including concessions. The council has agreed to provide up to $500,000 in funding.

The council is expected to formally vote on the funding at its May 24 regular meeting.

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