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Bank rezoning granted despite protests in Greencastle

July 06, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council voted to approve a request from Orrstown Bank to rezone three lots in the Town and Country Subdivision along U.S. 11 near Antrim Way Honda to highway commercial, despite protests from nearby residents.

The vote was unanimous, with Harold Duffey absent and Charles Eckstine abstaining.

Several residents of the development voiced their objections to council members at a public hearing before the regular council meeting Tuesday evening.

Andy Paszkowski, an engineer with Black Engineering, said the 3,500-square-foot bank is a suitable use for the site. Drainage crosses the property from the residential neighborhood to the highway, he said. The bank will have three drive-through stalls, 15 parking spaces for customers and five for staff.

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Access to the bank would be from Carol Street, not U.S. 11. Four Carol Street residents expressed their concern about traffic hazards.

Kevin Barnes said if the bank is built, it will compound the three traffic "pinch points" that already exist: Northbound traffic on U.S. 11, eastbound on Nova Drive to U.S. 11, and the intersection of Carol Street and Nova Drive.

Wayne Norman said car carriers for Antrim Way Honda and Keystone Ford are parked along Nova Drive and U.S. 11.

"It's a hazard now," he said.

He inquired whether an impact study had been done. Paszkowski and Ben Stoops of Orrstown Bank said "no."

Joe and Kerry Jacobs, who have two children, ages 2 and 5, said they moved to the development three years ago because it was a quiet street.

"Now there's a business coming in that will have access only from our development," Joe Jacobs said. "Impatient people on a Friday evening, instead of sitting in traffic, are going to turn the other way and zip around through our development. I don't want to lose a child to that."

"There are a lot of children and pets in the development, and no speed bumps," Kerry Jacobs added.

Joe Jacobs said he wants the entrance to the bank put on U.S. 11, and if that is not possible, he wants the bank to select another site.

"We want the safety and quiet of our development, not the extra traffic," he said.

Council member Sydnae Vanner said she has seen a lot of neighborhoods go through changes in the 30 years she has lived in the borough.

"I'm violently opposed to the CVS (pharmacy) because that corner can't take anymore traffic," she said. "But it is what it is. It's a sign of the times."

The property is owned by James R. and Margaret J. Kegerreis. Their daughter, Kay Witmer, who lives in the development, said no one is going to want to live on those three lots because of their proximity to US 11.

"There's no (other) good use for them," she said. "We're fortunate to have a low-use facility such as a bank go in. There are worse things that could go in there."

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