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Streamside park plan presented

August 07, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A conceptual plan for the Falling Spring Streamside Park that described how public space around a downtown development project would be used was presented Wednesday night to the Chambersburg Borough Council.

"This is the first time we've had anything to show the veterans," said Dr. Harry Haddon, of Citizens for Representative Government, a group opposed to plans for a land exchange between the borough and the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation.

The plan includes a walkway between Lincoln Way West and West King Street along the Conococheague Creek and Falling Spring that could serve as a memorial to borough founder Benjamin Chambers and area veterans, according to Borough Manager Eric Oyer.

Council President Bernard Washabaugh suggested naming that section of the Falling Spring after Chambers.

In April, the council approved the concept of exchanging two borough-owned sites along the streamside for downtown properties owned by the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation.

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The corporation plans to construct two buildings along the stream and lease them to promote downtown commercial activity. That project is known as the Village on the Falling Spring.

Oyer said $2 million was included in the recently passed federal highway bill for improvements to an alley, parking and pedestrian walkways in the Falling Spring area.

Last month the council rejected an alternative development plan presented by Citizens for Representative Government.

Haddon said the park plan presented Wednesday still impacts on the historical area. He said he wants the northern building site eliminated and the southern site moved farther south.

Haddon said the Franklin County Joint Veterans Council will not meet until September, but the council will take a formal vote on the park plan next Wednesday.

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