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New shopping center, theater planned for Waynesboro

February 16, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An unnamed developer is planning to build a retail complex that could be the largest in the Waynesboro area, according to preliminary plans filed with the Washington Township, Pa., Zoning Office.

The complex would contain a major retail store, grocery store, 1,200-seat movie theater, large restaurant and smaller shops, township Zoning Enforcement Officer Jerry Zeigler said Wednesday.

Preliminary plans for the development, tentatively named Silo Ridge, were found to be in compliance with township zoning and subdivision regulations this week, Zeigler said.

It would be built on a 120-acre dairy farm behind the Wayne Heights Mall, Zeigler said. The farm is owned by Carl Diller and runs from North Welty Road behind the mall to Laurel Lane.

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Township officials have been talking to an agent of the developer. "We don't know who it is yet, but we know he's not from this area and that he has the money to buy the Diller farm," Zeigler said.

He said he didn't know the purchase price because the deal hasn't been completed yet. He said the entire project, including buying the farm and building the shopping center "will run into millions."

The developer plans to extend North Welty Road, now a dead end that stops at the Diller farm, through the new development up to the East Branch of Antietam Creek, Zeigler said. He said eventual plans call for a bridge to be built over the creek by Franklin County with Washington Township completing the last quarter-mile of North Welty Road to an intersection with Country Club Road. Access to the retail center eventually would be from North Welty Road off Pa. 16, from Landis Avenue off Pa. 16 and from Country Club Road.

Not all of the 120 acres of the Diller farm would be taken up by the new mall initially, Zeigler said. Later construction phases will include some outparcel development.

The farm is zoned commercial, he said.

Plans call for a grocery store that will cover 44,000 square feet, a restaurant that is 6,400 square feet and a retail anchor store covering 136,000 square feet. Zeigler said there has been no indication from the developer which stores will move in. "It's still in the preliminary stages. It's too early to tell yet, but I know they've been talking to people," he said.

Preliminary plans call for Silo Ridge to be a strip development instead of an enclosed mall.

Zeigler said Wayne Heights Mall opened in the early 1970s. It was sold two years ago to a Baltimore partnership. A check Wednesday showed that there are four empty stores in the mall.

The Waynesboro Mall, the area's only other mall, opened in the 1960s, Zeigler said.

He said the new mall is needed in the area because of its growth.

"If we keep building houses then we'll need more commercial areas to service them," he said. "This will be a significant shopping area for the people in the Waynesboro area."

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