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Building permits total more than $9 million in three months

April 03, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Building permits in Washington Township for all categories - commercial, industrial and residential - totaled about $20 million in 2003, according to township records.

In the first three months of 2004, permits have totaled more than $9 million, according to records. Nearly all the permits are for residential development.

None of the permits issued this year is for any of the residential and commercial developments proposed in the recent rezoning of more than 1,000 acres of farmland in the township.

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Those projects include construction of a major new shopping center in Rouzerville, Pa., which will be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a Lowe's home improvement store. Projected residential development on the rezoned acreage would include more than 1,300 new single- and multifamily homes.

"It's only been three months since the rezoning," said Jerry Zeigler, township zoning enforcement officer. "It takes time for developers to plan these things out. We never saw it happening overnight."

In February 2003, permits were issued for four new single-family dwellings. This February, the township issued permits for 11 new homes.

The value of the permits this February was $2.2 million, more than double that of February 2003.

The total value of the permits issued in 2002 was $17.7 million, about $2.3 million less than 2003. The same number of building permits, 279, was issued both years.

The township collected $23,000 in building permit fees in 2002, compared to nearly $34,000 in 2003. The average value of a building permit issued in 2002 was $63,000 in 2002. The next year, it was nearly $72,000.

Last month, three building permits were issued for new homes costing more than $300,000. Two were issued for homes costing more than $250,000, according to records.

Zeigler said there are more than 200 existing lots already platted in the township for which building permits have not been issued.

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