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Rutter's eyes busy Waynesboro corner

April 13, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Preliminary plans were reviewed by the Waynesboro Planning Commission Monday night to turn land once occupied by an automobile dealership on the corner of South Potomac and West Third streets into a Rutter's Farm Store.

The property, once the site of the Brake Pontiac-Cadillac dealership, is being sold to the York County, Pa.-based convenience store company by Waynesboro developer and Realtor Ronnie Martin.

Martin presented a preliminary sketch to the planning commission.

Planning commission members pored over the plans with Kevin Grubbs, assistant director of engineering for the borough. The members questioned the condition of a large storm sewer drain that will run beneath the new convenience store, the location of gasoline pumps and underground gasoline storage tanks and entrances and exits.

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According to Martin, entrance will be off South Potomac and West Third streets and Philadelphia Avenue.

An alley that runs through the property was abandoned by the Waynesboro Borough Council last year and will become part of the site.

Martin said he built the Sheetz store in Greencastle, Pa., and considers the South Potomac Street site to be a better building site.

The South Potomac Street tract is zoned general commercial.

Martin has to come back to the commission with a final plan.

He said construction could begin in three to four months.

According to a company Web site, Rutter's was started in York County, Pa., in the 1920s by brothers Bud and Will Rutter, two farm boys who sold raw milk from their 20-cow herd for 8 cents a quart.

The business grew over the decades and Rutter descendants moved into the business.

The company's first convenience store opened in 1968. Now it has more than 50 stores in Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to the Web site.

The planners reviewed a second proposal by Martin, this one his, for a four-building storage unit complex at the intersection of South Potomac and Madison streets. A long 17,000-square brick building that once housed a machine shop, later an antique shop and auction house, will be razed, he said.

His project is to include the storage shed buildings, fashioned after those in Martin's Red Roof Storage facility on State Hill, two apartments and an office building.

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