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Borough council to vote on senior housing complex

May 15, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Chambersburg, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Council will vote later this month on a land development plan for a long-awaited senior housing complex.

Council members had few questions Tuesday night for developers from Leon Weiner and Associates.

The borough's Planning and Zoning committee has already given its support to the 52-unit development called Cottage Green, on Norland Avenue, adjacent to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

"The plan was reviewed by all department heads and they recommend it for approval," said Borough Manager Eric Oyer.

If council approves the plan at its May 28 meeting, construction could begin in early September, he said.

Developers will receive $125,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the borough for infrastructure work. The grants may be converted to loans, which means the money might eventually come back to the borough, Oyer said.

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Cottage Green will include 40 one-bedroom, single-floor cottages and 12 two-bedroom units on 5.6 acres.

The units are limited to residents earning no more than 60 percent of the area's median income, developers have said.

The one-bedroom units would rent for $290 to $312 a month, and the two-bedroom units would rent for $381 a month, according to Glenn Brooks, senior vice president of Leon Weiner and Associates.

Their original plans called for a 52-unit apartment complex in the borough-owned Shopper's Lot at Black Avenue and West Queen Street.

After initial approval of the project in 1998, council members were split on the proposal because it would have eliminated 75 metered-parking spots in one of the busiest downtown lots. Former Mayor Robert Morris cast several tie-breaking votes in favor of the project in the last few years, citing fears of litigation.

The project failed to move forward when the developers missed an August 2000 deadline to receive $3 million in state tax credits. The contract on the property was terminated.

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