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Developer scales back subdivision plan in Waynesboro

February 10, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 110-acre tract of land in Waynesboro's southeast corner moved closer to becoming a major housing development Monday night when its developer showed his latest plans to the Waynesboro Planning Commission.

Brian McNew of Brim Builders Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., told the planning commission members that he has downsized his original plans for more than 1,000 multi-family dwelling units to around 890 homes.

The Planning Commission did not take action on the presentation.

All will be one-, two- or three-story townhouses and condominiums, McNew said.

His property runs off Pa. 997 and Welty Road west of the east branch of Antietam Creek and runs up the hill to abut property owned by the Waynesboro Area School District.

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There was some discussion Monday on building sidewalks from the development to connect with the elementary, middle and high schools and the YMCA.

McNew said about 55 percent of the buyers of his homes would come from nearby areas of Pennsylvania. More than 65 percent of the buyers would be 50 years old and older, he said.

Prices for his homes would range from the high $90,000s for some condominiums to more than $150,000 for some townhomes.

McNew said he needs approval for his development by June 1 so he can begin construction on the roads into it. Construction of the first homes would begin about two months later, he said.

A farmhouse on the property will be razed, but an old barn will be renovated for use as a community center complete with a swimming pool.

McNew said he has not come up with a name for the development, but it would include the name Hollengreen after the family who owned the farmland.

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