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Grindstone project gets $700.000 boost

February 13, 2002

Grindstone project gets $700.000 boost



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Saying that economic growth depends on infrastructure, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster announced Tuesday a $700,000 grant for Antrim Township and the Borough of Greencastle to help pay for water service to the new Grindstone Road extension project.

The one-mile stretch of new roadway between Pa. 16 and Leitersburg Road opened in December. A second phase, another one-mile stretch from Leitersburg Pike to U.S. 11 at Interstate 81 exit 3, is yet to be built.

The new road is part of a master plan drawn up more than 10 years ago by representatives of Antrim Township, the Borough of Greencastle and the Greencastle-Antrim School District, said Ben Thomas, a township administrator.

The plan's goal was to create a site off Pa. 16 for commercial and light industrial development, Thomas said.

The money that Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, announced Tuesday will help pay for engineering, land acquisition and construction of a new pumping station and a 750,000-gallon water tower to serve the new developments.

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So far the only tenant is a new roller skating rink that is still under construction.

"We're getting a lot of inquiries," Thomas said.

The township spent $1.2 million on the first phase, including basic water and sewer lines. Another $2.3 million is earmarked for the pumping station, water tower and replacement of a century-old water line.

The Greencastle Water Authority will replace the water line and supply the water to the Grindstone Road project.

Robert Whitmore, chairman of the township supervisors, said final engineering for the pumping station and water tower are nearly complete.

"After that it will take about a year to build the station and tower," Whitmore said.

Meanwhile, the roller rink will get its water from a temporary on-site well, Thomas said.

"Before business can expand we must provide adequate and reliable water service," Shuster said.

He pointed to Antrim Township's 24 percent growth rate over the last decade. He called the township a good place to live with a diverse local economy.

The township will have to wade through some government red tape, including filing an application with the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency holding the appropriation before the check is released, Shuster aide Alex Mistri said. The project will have to pass muster before the Corps releases the check, he said.

"The Corps has safeguards," he said.

The township also has to put up a 25 percent match to qualify for the grant.

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