Sidewalk to be included in development behind mall

August 16, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township Supervisor Christopher Firme almost got his way Monday night when he asked fellow supervisors to support his insistence that a developer build sidewalks in a 228-unit housing development behind Wayne Heights Mall.

Firme, who previously has raised the issue of forcing developers to build sidewalks, ended up with a compromise for the Antietam Commons to be built off North Welty Road.

The developer, WAM Enterprises of Lemoyne, Pa., agreed to build a sidewalk along the east side of North Welty Road to give residents in the development access to the shopping center.


Sidewalks are not required in the township's subdivision regulations.

"Support me on this issue," Firme pleaded when developers William Aiello and George Lulos presented their preliminary plans.

"Some people will want to walk to Martin's (Food Market, the anchor store in the Wayne Heights Mall), not drive," he said.

"We don't want people walking in the street," Firme said.

He said the developers could put in deed restrictions that make the homeowner responsible for the sidewalks, not the township.

Developers must put in sidewalks in cases to protect public safety.

Last week, the township's planning commission recommended that the supervisors accept the preliminary plan with no mention of sidewalks.

WAM's project was the second to win preliminary approval Monday.

The supervisors accepted Thornhill, a 439-unit development on Old Forge Road and the first of eight major rezonings of farmland rezoned in 2003. The land was rezoned for residential use at the same time the supervisors rezoned contiguous land for the Wal-Mart-anchored Rouzerville Commons shopping center that's under construction.

All eight developments plus the shopping center will be linked by a bypass around Waynesboro for which the developers will pay the lion's share.

Stephen Najarian, president of Carlino Development Group of Wyomissing, Pa., said construction on his mixture of single-family, duplexes and condominiums will begin in the spring.

Work on WAM's project will begin in the fall as will work on the 553-unit Brimington Farms, formerly the Hollengreen Farm development. Most of the development, which consists of single- and multifamily units, is in the Borough of Waynesboro, but land for one of its two entrances is in the township.

The supervisors OK'd the entrance on township land Monday.

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