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Citizens group to present alternative to land swap

June 16, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Opponents of a land exchange between the borough and the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation will present their plan next week at a meeting with borough representatives.

Citizens for Representative Government will meet with two Borough Council members at 7 p.m. June 24, in council chambers, according to Dr. Harry Haddon, chairman of the group's steering committee.

"We have a proposal for a way that can satisfy both sides," Haddon said Monday. He said it moves a proposed office complex closer to Lincoln Way West to preserve a small park along the east bank of the Falling Spring.

Haddon declined to detail the plan. He said his group was formed in May and has "a significant number of people."

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The Borough Council last month unanimously approved the concept of a plan to trade two sites along the stream for the site of the former Hotel Madden on North Main Street and a strip of land off West King Street now owned by the corporation.

The corporation plans to develop the sites for office and retail space.

In a June 9 letter to the council, Citizens for Representative Government called the plan "ill-advised and shortsighted. Right now Chambers Fort Veteran's Park is Downtown Chambersburg's diamond in the rough."

Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey said Councilmen John Redding and Allen B. Coffman will meet with the group. While the council has approved the concept, she plans to implement the exchange have not been finalized.

"I have no idea what they're up to," Chambersburg Area Development Corporation Executive Director Dave Sciamanna said. He said he's been invited to the meeting and will attend.

Mickey said the session is open to the public, although it is not a council meeting and no official action will be taken.

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