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Chambersburg to seek $1.25 million to extend Norland

May 24, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Borough of Chambersburg will apply for a $1.25 million state grant to pay for utilities that will someday run along Norland Avenue extended.

The developers of the Gabler Tract in the northern part of the borough asked the Chambersburg Borough Council to apply for the Infrastructure Development Program through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Currently, Norland Avenue ends at the Summit Health Center, but plans call for its extension.

In preparation for that, the developers, GS&G, would like to get the utilities in place, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

Former 9th District Congressman Bud Shuster secured $2.4 million to extend Norland Avenue to Walker Road. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is holding the funds.

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Oyer said he and representatives from GS&G and the Franklin County Area Development Council discussed the grant at a meeting last week.

Oyer told borough council members Tuesday that FCADC will put together the application for the grant, but he said it makes sense for the borough to be the applicant because it will ultimately take ownership of the utilities.

"Any money from federal or state government has strings attached," Oyer said.

In this case, there must be a match of $2 of capital investment for every $1 of state funds and one full-time job created for every $25,000 in the grant, Oyer said.

GS&G has said it will guarantee the capital investment match and provide some form of security that the borough will not be stuck repaying the grant if the developers fall short of their goal, Oyer said.

"Therefore, if we are going to construct Norland, it makes sense for us to pursue this and not make taxpayers liable for the investment," Oyer said.

GS&G would have five years to bring about the private development, and the company is already moving ahead with its plans for a shopping center, according to Adrian Simpson, real estate representative for GS&G.

The council will officially vote on a resolution to apply for the grant at its meeting Tuesday.

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