Work on Rutter's project to begin Monday

February 02, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Construction on a new Rutter's Farm Store at the corner of South Potomac and West Third streets will begin Monday with the demolition of the former Brake Pontiac Cadillac dealership building, Tim Rutter, company treasurer, said Tuesday.

Kevin Grubbs, head of borough engineering, said Tuesday that the York, Pa.,- based gas station-convenience store chain has obtained all necessary permits and "is ready to go."

Rutter said the goal is to have the 4,600-square-foot building ready to open in four months - by Memorial Day.

Rutter's bought the property from Waynesboro developer Ronnie Martin. The Waynesboro Borough Council, at Martin's request, rezoned the property from residential to commercial more than a year ago.


The new Rutter's will have entrances on South Potomac and West Third streets and Philadelphia Avenue, according to plans on file in Grubbs' office in the Borough Hall.

The building will be of brick construction and will feature a flat roof with a canopy over the gas pumps.

Rutter said the store will employ about 35 people, most of whom will be part time.

He said the store will be looking to employ mothers who have sent their children off to school and who want to work for a few hours a day.

The borough is requiring Rutter to replace an old storm water drain that runs under the property, Grubbs said.

The Rutter's project became controversial as soon as news that it was to be built came out in April.

Residents along the streets affected by the presence of a large service center in their midst launched a campaign to try to stop it.

They appeared at Waynesboro Planning Commission meetings. Twenty to 25 of them showed up frequently at borough council meetings to protest the project.

Those who opposed Rutter's formed Citizens for Sane Development, saying the service center would turn their neighborhood into a busy, more dangerous intersection. They cited concerns about traffic, safety, pollution, noise, excessive lighting and their property values. They circulated petitions.

"We tried to be a class act from the beginning with our opposition," said Roy Tressler, spokesman for the citizens group. "We hope all the points we brought forth will have a positive impact on the hours of operation, the lighting and the architecture of the building."

Tressler, of 121 W. Third St., said the citizens group aimed its protest effort where it belonged, "at our elected officials."

Borough Council members said, in voting to approve the project, they had no choice, that it met all borough zoning and subdivision regulations.

"Good," said Borough Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon on hearing that construction of the Rutter's project would begin Monday.

"It's about time. They have all their permits," he said. "Most people in town want this facility."

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