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Public hearing set on rezoning request

November 16, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - A public hearing on a request to rezone most of the 126-acre former Carl Diller farm behind Wayne Heights mall, mostly for residential development, will be held Jan. 3 in the Washington Township office building on Welty Road.

William Aiello of WAM Enterprises Inc. of Lemoyne, Pa., said he wants to build 170 single-family homes and 84 multifamily homes on the site. His plans also call for about 20 acres for commercial development.

Aiello said his company will donate about 20 acres along the East Branch of Antietam Creek to the township for a park and recreation area.

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Most of the farm currently is zoned commercial.

Last year, Aiello's firm unsuccessfully competed with Echo Real Estate Service/Development of Pittsburgh to build a new shopping center that is going to be anchored by a Wal-Mart store. Echo got the project. Plans also call for a large Lowe's home-improvement store to be built in the shopping center.

The Washington Township Supervisors Monday dispelled rumors that Lowe's officials dropped plans to build in the township. Township Manager Michael A. Christopher said the plans are locked in and include a larger store than was originally planned.

Plans for the development are working through the state and local permit process. The developers hope to start construction early next year.

The shopping center will be built in Rouzerville, with a main entrance off Pa. 16.

Aiello said he will extend North Welty Road through his property - a move he said would make it easier for the township to follow up with its plans to extend North Welty Road.

Aiello's rezoning request was recommended by the Washington Township Planning Commission last week.

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