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Rezoning for CVS approved by Greencastle council

June 07, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council voted Monday night to allow the rezoning of eight properties along West Baltimore Street and Findlay Street west of Antrim Way from general residential to highway commercial, paving the way for a chain drug store to be built.

The rezoning request had been made by R. Lee Royer and Associates on behalf of Timber Development Corp. The request was addressed at a public hearing before the council's regular monthly meeting.

Michael Timmons of Longwood, Fla., and Douglas Bercu of Atlanta, Ga., founded Timber Development Corp. in 1992 as a shopping center development and management company. Both Timmons and Bercu spoke at the hearing. A CVS pharmacy will be built in the rezoned area, set for completion in the fall of 2006.

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Bercu said CVS has 5,000 stores, which are renovated every five years.

"It's a first-class facility and is a $3 million investment in the community," he said.

The area where the CVS will go houses a Sheetz, Hardee's, Rite Aid, Sunnyway Diner, Sunnyway grocery store and several other businesses.

"It's a commercial corridor," Bercu said.

Citing statistics on local businesses, Bercu said a Sheetz draws in about 70 cars per hour, a public library 16 cars per hour, a new CVS three or four cars an hour, and an established CVS 12 cars per hour.

"There are more people checking out books in a library than shopping at CVS," he said.

The developers said they will work to improve the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16, where the CVS will be built.

"We will improve the property to remove all levels of failure," Bercu said.

An adjacent alleyway and residential housing will be removed. Entrances will be wide and off the intersection.

"The visibility factor will be outstanding," he said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has already reviewed and approved the plan, he added.

The 11,970-square-foot CVS will keep money in the community and create jobs, Bercu said.

Council members were concerned about water runoff. Timmons said that water will be detained in underground pipes and discharged at a lower rate.

Ralph and Doris Burdick of Homestead Drive were concerned about traffic flow at the intersection.

"This is a broken intersection," Ralph Burdick said. "Now's the time for that intersection to be treated properly and set up with three lanes. It backs up beyond Sunnyway. You'll be adding to the problem."

Councilman Charles Eckstine said Burdick was "right on" with his comments.

"If we do nothing, it probably will get worse," he said.

Larry and Dorothy Pike of 330 W. Baltimore St., and their next-door neighbor, Mildred Wolfe, spoke at the hearing.

"We can't get in and out of our driveways now," Dorothy Pike said. "What does the rezoning do to the property values of those of us who live there? We're zoned residential, and we've had Hardee's (next door) for 15 years. Those on the south side should be included; we're surrounded by commercial property."

"I've lived here for 42 years," Wolfe said. "How can they spot zone?"

While the Planning and Zoning committee had not recommended the rezoning of the Bard and Bittner properties at 335 and 343 W. Baltimore St. respectively, the council voted to do so.

Timber Development Corp. is building a CVS store in Waynesboro, due to open in November, Timmons said.

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