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Ground broken for Waynesboro shopping project

August 07, 2000

Ground broken for Waynesboro shopping project



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Martin Lison wasn't among the few spectators who watched local officials and a developer break ground for Waynesboro Market Place, a new shopping mall that opens next summer on 11 acres of farmland at Old Forge Road and Buchanan Trail East.

Lison, whose house at 12998 Old Forge Road abuts the mall property, led his neighbors in a protest against the development when it was first announced in 1998. The neighbors had concerns about noise, lights at night and traffic as well as water and dust draining into nearby Little Antietam Creek from the parking lot.

Lison, when he learned that ground had been broken for the project Monday, said he was resigned to the mall coming to his neighborhood.

"We'll get used to it. We would have preferred that it be someplace else, but it will be a convenient place to shop."

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Waynesboro Market Place will be anchored by a Food Lion. It will have a Dollar General and also include smaller businesses in the strip development.

The original plan called for about 13 small stores, but Michael Timmons of Timber Development of Marietta, Ga. - the mall's developer - said some tenants want larger spaces. He said 70 percent of the space available has already been leased.

The Waynesboro project is the third strip mall built by Timber in Franklin County, Pa. The others are West Side Plaza in Chambersburg, Pa., and Greencastle Market Place, which opened this summer on U.S. 11 in Greencastle, Pa. The new Waynesboro mall will mirror the Greencastle project, Timmons said.

The Greencastle mall cost $4.8 million. The one in Waynesboro will cost $5.3 million because of design concerns, Timmons said. Red Run Stream crosses Buchanan Trail East at Midvale Road. Timber Development has to pay for a bridge over the stream since the mall's main entrance will be there. A second entrance will come in off Old Forge Road.

The state highway department will build a 500-foot, left-turn lane on Buchanan Trail East from the Patriot Federal Credit Union building to Midvale Road, said Jerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for Washington Township. The lane will be finished by the time the new mall opens, he said.

The new Food Lion will compete for customers with Jubilee Foods in the Waynesboro Mall, a Martins Food Market at Wayne Heights Mall, and a warehouse-type grocery store in the borough's south end.

It will also be the Waynesboro area's third mall. All are within a three-mile stretch of Buchanan Trail East. Waynesboro Mall opened in the 1960s and Wayne Heights in the 1970s.

Earlier this year the developers of Silo Ridge, a shopping mall on the Welty Farm on N. Welty Road off Buchanan Trail East, came before the Washington Township Planning Commission. The plans called for a major retail store, grocery store, 1,200-seat movie theater and smaller stores in a strip development.

Zeigler said Monday that there has been little movement on the Silo Ridge project since the preliminary plans were unveiled.

"I don't know what's been going on with it," he said.

Representatives from Washington and Quincy township governments and the Borough of Waynesboro gave brief remarks at the groundbreaking.

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