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Site work begins for Wal-Mart, Lowe's

June 01, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - Men in hard hats, T-shirts and blue jeans worked while equipment moved dirt Tuesday in huge fields between Pa. 16 East and Old Forge Road.

Construction was under way for Rouzerville Commons, the new shopping mecca east of Waynesboro anchored by Wal-Mart and Lowe's stores, and for Washington Township Boulevard, the road that will link the shopping center with nine contiguous housing developments and eventually form a bypass around the borough of Waynesboro.

Barry Pincin is project superintendent of Lobar Associates, the Dillsburg, Pa., construction firm that will do the site work and build the stormwater management systems, roads and utilities, lay the concrete pads for the two stores and pave the parking lots after the buildings are built.

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"We'll be here from start to finish," Pincin said.

Wal-Mart and Lowe's have their own contractors build their buildings.

The project is being developed by Echo Real Estate/Development of Pittsburgh.

Pincin said an average of 35 workers a day will be on site throughout construction.

The initial work, which can be seen on Old Forge Road and off the east side of the Food Lion grocery store parking lot, will stabilize the site with detention basins. They will collect water generated during the construction phases, stop erosion and prevent sediment from entering nearby Red Run stream, said Jerry Zeigler, code enforcement officer for the township.

After that, Pincin said, work will begin on construction of the connector road from its beginning on Old Route 16 to Old Forge Road.

Jennifer Smith, spokeswoman for Lowe's headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., said in a press release Tuesday that the $18.5 million new Lowe's store is expected to open late this year. The Waynesboro Lowe's will have 116,000 square feet of retail space, according to the Lowe's release.

The Wal-Mart store is expected to open early in 2006, Pincin said.

According to Smith's release, Lowe's has more than 1,100 stores in 48 states, including 50 in Pennsylvania. The one at Rouzerville Commons will be the second in Franklin County. One is open on U.S. 30 east of Chambersburg, Pa.

The Washington Township Supervisors gave final approval for Rouzerville Commons, the biggest commercial project in township history, in March.

The commercial development covers 47 acres. Included in the shopping center will be a strip of seven small stores.

In late 2003 and early 2004, the supervisors approved the rezoning of about 1,000 acres of contiguous farmland which paved the way for the commercial venture plus an estimated 2,000 new homes in eight different housing developments.

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