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Wal-Mart, Lowe's buildings taking shape in Rouzerville

October 20, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Wal-Mart and Lowe's, the biggest buildings under construction in the Rouzerville Commons shopping center east of Waynesboro, seem to be coming up faster than mushrooms.

Last month, the only hint of such structures were two giant flat concrete pads in the middle of what looked like a lot of empty land.

That was the view from Old Forge Road looking to the southeast.

This week, from the same vantage point, those pads are filled with very recognizable buildings. The roof is nearly finished on the Lowe's building, the one closest to Pa. 16 and the smaller of the two. The walls are up and work is under way on the roof of the larger Wal-Mart building.

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The target dates for the stores' openings are January for Lowe's and March for Wal-Mart.

Jerry Zeigler, code enforcement officer for Washington Township, said footers for the shopping center's 30,000-square-foot building to house smaller stores, are going in so construction can begin soon on that building.

Barry Pincin of Dillsburg, Pa., superintendent for Lobar Construction Services, the contractor doing the site work and building the roads into and through the project, said his work is on schedule. His deadline is the end of December.

One indicator that the shopping mall is really on its way is at the main entrance off Pa. 16 which includes a spur that connects Pa. 16 with Old Route 16 in Rouzerville.

The spur has been widened to accommodate the expected increase in traffic into the shopping center. Pa. 16 at the entrance also has been widened and resurfaced.

Pincin said all that is left to do at the entrance is paint permanent traffic lane lines, put up signs and install the traffic lights that will control vehicles in and out of the shopping center.

Lobar also is building the first leg of the nearly five-mile Washington Township Boulevard, a road that will serve as a bypass around the Borough of Waynesboro.

It begins at the main entrance to the shopping center on Pa. 16 and is planned to reconnect with that road west of Waynesboro.

Stewart McCleaf, a township supervisor, said earlier this week that heavy trucks will be banned from using Washington Township Boulevard as a way to bypass the borough.

In its first phase, the bypass will thread through the shopping center to Old Forge Road. It will cross Old Forge and head generally west through nearly 1,000 acres of contiguous farmland that the Washington Township Supervisors rezoned two years ago, mostly for residential development plus a few acres for commercial use.

Eight developers have brought or plan to bring proposals for up to 3,000 new single- and multi-family homes to the township for approval.

Impact fees charged to the developers, residential and commercial, will pay for all but about a mile of the connector road. The township will pay for the rest.

Pincin said a bridge over Red Run stream, another major part of the Rouzerville Commons project, is finished.

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