New centers nearly filled with businesses

May 14, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An area that just a few years ago consisted of fields is quickly becoming another of the community's viable business districts, Dana Given, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday.

Two commercial buildings in the 11000 block of Williamsport Pike south of Greencastle - one built in 2001, the other in 2003 - have become home to seven businesses with space in the newest one for two more.

"This is a perfect place for these types of businesses," Given said. "It's only about a half-mile from U.S. 11 and there is a housing boom coming to the "Pike" and the roads off it."


She said a convenience store, where area residents could pick up a quart of milk and other necessities, would also do well in the little commercial center.

The oldest of the two buildings, called "the Gray Building" because of its color, Given said, houses four businesses.

They include Mid-States Financial Group, a mortgage company; National Airviews, which does aerial photography; Antrim Chiropractic; Vintage Video, which does commercial videos, historic documentary videos used by the History and Discovery channels and a mail-order business.

Dave Friedrich, owner of Mid-States Financial, said he had the building constructed because he needed more space for his business.

He, too, said a lot of development is planned for the Williamsport Pike area, which runs from Greencastle to the Maryland state line.

John P. Seburn said he used to run his business out of his basement at home, but it outgrew his space. "This has worked out," he said "It's close to town but we don't have to be in town for what we do."

The three businesses in the brick building next door, called Shadow Creek Center, include an Edward Jones investment office; Life Fitness, a physical therapy and rehabilitation facility; and Cat's Creative Cupboard, an artisans gift shop owned by Cathy Shaffer.

J. Todd Strett, the investment representative at Edward Jones, said the company has more than 9,000 offices, many in small towns like Greencastle.

He said he likes his Williamsport Pike location because it offers parking in front of the office which makes it convenient for his customers.

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