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Pa. commission approves land swap

April 07, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A revised plan for a land swap between the borough and the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation passed muster Tuesday night with the Chambersburg Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission agreed unanimously that the proposed trade conforms with the borough's downtown master plan, although it still faces opposition from residents who want a streamside park preserved.

The commission's recommendation is scheduled for discussion at tonight's Borough Council meeting.

The development corporation wants to swap the site of the demolished Madden Hotel on North Main Street and a strip of land off West King Street for two plots of land on the east bank of the Falling Spring.

The plan unveiled earlier this year had the two building pads close together. After the vote, corporation Executive Director David Sciamanna said the new plan moves one pad farther south, leaving more green space between them.

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Sciamanna said his group has been working with an architect and potential client for the 15,000-square-foot site and determined soil conditions for construction were better at the new location.

Dr. Harry Haddon was among those who spoke against the swap because of the historic significance of the area, where Benjamin Chambers built a fort in the 1730s. Those in opposition want it to remain a park dedicated to the town's founder and veterans.

Councilman William McLaughlin, a member of the commission, said without private money to develop the site, it will continue to be a parking lot and a small park "that at night becomes a site for mischief."

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