Antrim gets ready for growth

July 31, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - When Teresa Schnoor looks out her office window in the Antrim Township municipal building on Antrim Church Road, she sees a large field of corn.

It's a pastoral setting that will soon be transformed into a shopping center with a grocery store and eventually a department store and smaller retail outlets.

Schnoor, an Antrim Township administrator in charge of economic development, said preliminary plans for the center are approved.

The project points to the continued growth in Antrim Township, which surrounds the borough of Greencastle, Pa., and is cut into quarters by Interstate 81 and Pa. 16.


While agriculture remains the township's mainstay - a large livestock auction barn stands in the intersection of the two main highways - it boasts two major industries, Grove Worldwide with more than 2,500 workers, and a Corning Glass plant with 600 employees.

The township's population has grown by 11 percent a year since 1990. The number of new building permits for homes averages 100 a year, Schnoor said. The median price for houses is $80,000 to $90,000.

In 1995, the last year such numbers were recorded, the median household income was $28,000, she said.

A look at the township's updated zoning map shows that about 93 percent of its 44,480 acres could accommodate residential growth. The rest would handle commercial and industrial development, she said.

The zoning map still has 27,000 acres colored in two shades of green, representing zoning for agriculture and agriculture residential. The latter allows some development.

"The township supervisors want to preserve agriculture as a resource," Schnoor said.

They also want growth to be diverse so the township doesn't become a bedroom community. "We don't want an influx at 5 p.m.," she said.

Yellow represents low-density housing on the map and is the second-largest designation. It covers 9,600 acres in the township's southwest quadrant and is the area with the most residential growth, Schnoor said.

The town's sewer plant is in that section. Its upgrade, to be finished in October 1998 at a cost of $2 million, will increase the plant's capacity to 1.2 million gallons a day.

Initially the upgrade will correct some failing septic systems in two areas - Bowman's Development near the plant and Kauffman Village at the north end of the township.

Sewer lines provide access to about 60 percent of the township, a coverage that will grow when the upgrade is complete and developers begin tapping into the system and expanding it, she said.

There are 4,000 homes in Antrim Township. Schnoor estimates the number to jump to about 6,000 after the upgrade.

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