Washington College Buys Armory

Washington College is soon to be the proud owner of the SFC John H. Newman Armory. In executive session last week, Mayor Margo Bailey and the Chestertown Council approved WC’s counter proposal to an offer made to the college on November 21. Most of the council members appeared in good spirits as they emerged from the closed meeting that lasted only minutes. Jim Gatto said the session was extremely positive. He said WC’s offer addressed many of the sticking points that had shadowed the months of arduous negotiations with WC President Mitchell Reiss. Councilman Marty Stetson was the only vote against the proposal.

Washington College began the environmental cleanup of the old Alger Oil site in Chestertown to make way for construction of a new environmental center, according to WC Director of Media Relations Kay MacIntosh. In addition to the clean up, Earth Data of Centreville began water and soil monitoring at the Armory site. The Armory is now be included in the college’s plans for the environmental center.