Water project to aid growth

March 14, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, PA. - Sometime this summer, spigots will open to bring water to Grindstone Hill Road Extended, a nearly one-mile stretch of road connecting Pa. 16 and Leitersburg Road that was built to steer commercial, light industrial and residential development to Antrim Township.

The lack of public water has held up development since the road opened in the fall of 1991, Township Administrator Teresa Schnoor said.

To get water to the new road, the township is paying for a $1.2 million, 750,000-gallon water tower and a $500,000 booster pumping station off East Baltimore Street in Greencastle. Both will be hooked onto the borough's public water system, Schnoor said.


The projects will be finished by July 4, she said.

The Greencastle Area, Franklin County, Water Authority, the official name for the borough's water system, will supply water to developments along the new connector road. The borough already supplies water to much of the township's commercial areas, Schnoor said.

For its part of the agreement, the borough spent $600,000 on a new waterline from the booster station to the new road.

Greencastle Borough Manager Kenneth Myers said the borough's water system serves about 2,000 customers. It has a capacity of 1.6 million gallons per day and currently is using about one-third of that, he said.

Land along both sides of the connector road, all of which is privately owned, is zoned for commercial, light industrial and some multifamily residential use.

"So far, no developer has filed a plan," Schnoor said. "We've had inquiries."

The only venture that has opened on the connector road so far is I Skate 81, a roller skating rink that supplies its own water from a well.

The second phase of the Grindstone Hill Road project, still in the planning stages, will extend the road two more miles from Leitersburg Road to U.S. 11 at Exit 3 of Interstate 81, Schnoor said.

About 60 percent of Antrim Township is served by a public sewage system, mostly along major travel routes and in major developments, Schnoor said.

The township's move into establishing a public water system began last year when it bought a small private water company serving a housing development near State Line, Pa.

"It was a good start," Schnoor said.

Greencastle Crossing, a proposed new commercial development on 32 acres on the north side of Pa. 16 across from the Greencastle Livestock Market Inc., has been owned by the same York, Pa., development company since the mid-1990s.

Last week, the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors gave the developers permission to subdivide their land into six commercial lots. Five lots along Pa. 16 will range from 0.8 acres to 1.7 acres, said Angela Garland, the township's zoning officer. The main lot is 28 acres, which is earmarked for a strip mall, Garland said.

The developers have yet to come forward with specific plans for their subdivision other than to say the front lots could contain a bank, car wash and fast food restaurant, she said.

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