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Wal-Mart, Lowe's work on target in Pa. township

August 31, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pads that the Waynesboro area's two new big box stores - Wal-Mart and Lowe's - will sit on are complete and work on their foundations is under way in Washington Township's Rouzerville Commons shopping center.

"They've been laying (concrete) blocks for the Wal-Mart store for a week now," said Barry Pincin of Dillsburg, Pa., project superintendent for Lobar Associates, the general contractor doing the site work for the giant shopping center.

Jerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for Washington Township, said work also has begun on the foundation for the Lowe's store.

Both stores will anchor the shopping center.

Pincin said the target dates for the stores to open are Jan. 21 for Lowe's and March 8 for Wal-Mart. The center's small fill-in stores also are slated to open in March, he said.

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Lobar also is building the bridge over Red Run and the first leg of Washington Township Boulevard, a 4,000-foot stretch of road through the shopping center. That section, running in two and three lanes, begins with a spur at Old Route 16 and ends at Old Forge Road.

Altogether, the boulevard, or bypass as some call it, will run for about five miles around Waynesboro. It will continue west from Old Forge and end at Pa. 16 west of Waynesboro. It will connect Rouzerville Commons with eight major housing developments planned for 1,000 acres of contiguous farmland that was rezoned for residential and commercial use.

Impact fees charged to the developers will pay for much of the bypass. About 3,000 single- and multi-family homes are planned for the rezoned farmland, according to township land records.

Zeigler said Lobar's contract calls for building a walkway the length of the bypass plus seeding.

"The project appears to be coming along on schedule," Zeigler said.

He said the work is providing an economic boost to the area because Lobar has hired local companies as subcontractors.

Pincin estimated that as many as 85 employees are working for his company and other subcontracter companies on the site work project.

Lowe's and Wal-Mart have hired contractors to build their stores.

Pincin said the weather has been cooperating since work began in May.

"It's been better than normal. We've only lost seven or eight days because of rain. We hope to be out of here in November," he said.

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