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Lease helps historic W.Va. roundhouse finances

MARTINSBURG -- A lease agreement with the West Virginia National Guard is helping the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority settle old debts.

The authority is charged with restoring and redeveloping a historic former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse complex.

The National Guard is leasing a building at the complex for storage. The authority is expected to receive more than $500,000 over five years.

The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/VgyYjq ) of Hagerstown, Md., reports that the authority on Saturday approved paying off a $100,000 debt owed to a contractor for construction of a pedestrian bridge.

Last October, the authority approved a separate agreement to pay $150,000 owed to BB&T Bank.

The roundhouse and red-brick shop buildings were the site of the nation's first railroad strike in 1877.


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