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Waynesboro Borough Council OKs housing developments

August 18, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Borough Council, acting on recommendations from the Waynesboro Planning Commission, approved two major housing developments Wednesday, one in the face of some strong citizen opposition.

Brimington Farm, a 553-unit project of single- and multi-family homes formerly called Hollengreen Farm, was given the go-ahead on a unanimous vote by the council.

Construction will begin in the spring on land bordered by State Hill and Welty roads. An entrance off Welty Road in Washington Township, one of two planned for the development, was approved Monday night by the Washington Township Supervisors.

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Brim Builders of Chambersburg, Pa., is the developer.

The second project, named the West End Development, is off Frick and Tritle avenues. It has drawn opposition from neighbors, not for the development itself, but for the heavy traffic they fear it would generate on the two narrow streets, the only two ways into the development.

The 105-unit project is being built by Waynesboro developer Ronnie Martin on 29 acres he bought from the Frick Co. The council rezoned the land in January from industrial use to residential at Martin's request.

About 20 residents showed up at a January meeting when the council voted to rezone the land to express their concerns. They attended subsequent council meetings on the issue.

Martin's development was approved Wednesday on a 4-0 vote. Councilwoman Lorena Newcomer, who lives on Tritle Avenue, abstained, as did Councilman Steve Monn.

Martin did not attend the meeting.

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