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New shopping center planned in township

May 25, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Washington Township real estate agent and developer has asked the township's planning commission to rezone nearly 15 acres across Pa. 16 from Hooverville Elementary School so he can build a commercial shopping center, according to township records.

The application was filed earlier this month by Ronnie Martin Realty Inc., of 1625 East Main St. The property is owned by Claude T. Belew, Betty J. Petrie and Future Investments, all of Waynesboro, records show.

Ronnie Martin, owner of the realty business, declined to elaborate on his plans for the property.

The 14.76 acres is currently zoned R-2 multi-family residential.

It is bounded by Grandview Drive on the east and private property on the west. It sits behind a row of nearly a dozen homes along Pa. 16 that were rezoned commercial in 1988, said Jerry Zeigler, township zoning officer.

Some are still used as private homes, some house small businesses and others are residential rental properties, Zeigler said. Three of the properties could provide access to the new shopping center, he said.

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"They'll have to build a road into it off (Pa.) 16," he said.

Russell's Car Stereo Customizing occupies a small building on the property. William R. Russell Jr., owner of the business, declined comment other than to say he won't be asked to move his business if the rezoning is approved.There are also two apartments on the property, according to Martin's application.

Weis Markets spokesman Dennis Curdin at the grocery chain's corporate headquarters in Sunbury, Pa., said his company has been looking at possible store sites in the Tri-State area. He said he could not confirm if Waynesboro is one being considered. The company has 159 stores in its chain, including stores in Chambersburg, Pa., Martinsburg, W.Va., Frederick and Hagerstown.

A hearing on the rezoning request is scheduled for June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the township office building.

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