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Remaining township rezoning requests to be heard Monday

January 15, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The remaining six requests to rezone hundreds of acres of Washington Township farmland, mostly for residential development, will be heard by the Township Supervisors when they meet Monday.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Summit fire hall.

It will be a continuation of a Dec. 22 meeting when the supervisors approved the rezoning of three tracts, mostly commercial, which paved the way for a Wal-Mart Supercenter store to be built at one of two possible locations off Buchanan Trail East - the Carl Diller Farm behind Wayne Heights Mall or farther east near the Food Lion shopping center in Rouzerville, Pa.

Two developers, Echo Real Estate Services in Pittsburgh and C.B. Richard Ellis, a Harrisburg, Pa., firm, are trying to cement their deal with Wal-Mart.

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Jerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for the township, said a decision on which site Wal-Mart would be built could come by the end of the month.

The new shopping center will be anchored at the other end by a home improvement store, the identity of which has not been announced. Zeigler said he believes the township will know the name of the store by the end of the month.

Developers are asking supervisors to rezone more than 1,000 acres of mostly farmland running from Buchanan Trail East in Rouzerville to Pa. 997. Preliminary plans announced by developers call for 1,282 single-family homes and 136 multi-family units.

The developers of all nine tracts have discussed plans to either give up land or pay for a relief road through their properties. It would generally follow a proposed Pa. 16 bypass route around Waynesboro that the supervisors dropped earlier this year in the face of fierce opposition from residents.

The six rezoning requests being considered Monday include:

  • Harry Buhrman, property on Gehr Road to single-family residential.

  • Twila K. Flohr, property on Old Forge Road to single-family residential.

  • Michael Knepper, property on Tomstown Road and Pa. 997 to single- and multi-family and commercial zoning.

  • Pen Mar Properties, property on Country Club and Gehr roads to single-family residential.

  • Curtis Mummert, property on Stottlemyer Road rezoned to R-3 zoning.

  • Waynesboro Country Club, a property to R-2 medium density to build condominiums.
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