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Developer asks council to speed sign ruling

January 23, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ronnie Martin, a Waynesboro real estate broker and developer, said Wednesday that foot-dragging by the Waynesboro Planning and Zoning Commission is delaying his plans for a major commercial venture he's building at the intersection of South Potomac Street and Fifth Avenue.

At issue is Martin's request for a variance that he said he needs on a sign that will advertise the four businesses and bank that will move into his project once it's built.

Zoning rules limit the size of commercial signs to 20 square feet.

"How can I advertise five businesses in a sign that small?" Martin asked the Borough Council Wednesday night.

Martin wants the council to light a fire under the planning commission to get his request through the agency.

"I'm told it's still under study. I've been waiting three months," Martin said after the meeting.

Borough Council President Douglas Tengler asked Martin after the meeting to have a little patience regarding his request.

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Martin's plans for the 11/4-acre tract along South Potomac Street in front of the former Landis Machine Co. call for a bank with three drive-in windows, a 100-foot-by-54-foot building to house two commercial tenants and a 60-foot-by-60-foot building to house two more.

Martin said only one of the five potential tenants has signed a lease. He has not disclosed the five potential tenants.

The council agreed to set in motion a second rezoning request from Martin, this one at the property he owns at the former Brake Pontiac-Cadillac dealership at the intersection of South Potomac and Third streets.

He wants to close an existing alley because of poor driver visibility that makes it difficult to exit from to a new location that would exit at Philadelphia Avenue. He said it is a safety issue.

Martin said he has no immediate plans for that tract.

"I'm just preparing it for something major," he said.

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