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Chambersburg Crossing plans outlined

July 12, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A land development plan for a 46-acre retail development that would include a Target department store will be on the consent agenda for the July 25 meeting of the Chambersburg Borough Council.

In June, Kimco Realty Corp. of Lutherville, Md., unveiled plans for the Chambersburg Crossing development at the intersection of Walker Road and the Norland Avenue extension. Geoffrey Glazer, Kimco's vice president for acquisition and development, said at that council meeting that Target had signed a letter of intent to build on the site.

At Monday night's council meeting, Phil Wolgemuth, the borough's planning director, described in greater detail plans for the shopping center. Also on the consent agenda for the July 25 meeting are subdivision plans for the property, which will be divided into eight lots for a variety of retail and restaurant uses.

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Total square footage for the shopping center will be 421,317, with the proposed Target site occupying 127,276 square feet at the western end of the development. There also will be a 73,217-square-foot grocery store with a gas kiosk, according to the plan.

Other parts of the property are to be developed into five restaurants, seven other retail stores and a bank, according to the plans. The plans call for 2,057 parking spaces.

Landscaped islands within the parking areas and a 5-foot-wide vegetative buffer surrounding the entire property also are in the plan, Wolgemuth said. Along the northern property line, which borders an area of Greene Township zoned for residential use, that buffer will also be 10 feet tall and probably made up of cypress trees, Wolgemuth said.

The Chambersburg Crossing plans exceeds landscaping requirements of the borough, which are limited to buffer zones between differently zoned properties, he said.

"Sewer will be an issue and that has to be addressed," Wolgemuth said.

Sewer service for the shopping center and future development in that part of the borough and into Guilford Township will depend on upgrading the Falling Spring interceptor, he said.

"They can begin construction with preliminary approval," Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

Development projects that feed into the Falling Spring interceptor line cannot be occupied, however, until the line is improved.

Bids to enlarge the interceptor line to 24 inches are due by Aug. 31, Oyer said. If contracts are awarded in September, he said the project will take six to nine months to complete.

That schedule is unlikely to affect plans for the opening of Chambersburg Crossing. Glazer said in June that the shopping center should be ready to open in the spring of 2007.

Other projects inside and outside the borough that feed into the Falling Spring interceptor also can proceed, but cannot be occupied until that project is completed, Oyer said. Much of that development will take place in Guilford Township, which he said will pay 80 percent of the cost of replacing the line under terms of an agreement between the two municipalities, he said.

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