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Ruby Tuesday eyes borough spot

May 09, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Limited parking for a proposed Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Chambersburg has both the Planning and Zoning Commission and Borough Council concerned, but the plan meets borough parking requirements.

The 5,100-square-foot restaurant would be built at the Four Points Sheraton at the intersection of Walker Road and Lincoln Way East. To make way for the eatery, the Delaware Hotel Group, which owns the hotel, would demolish the closed Mallard's restaurant on the hotel property, borough Planning Director Phil Wolgemuth told the council Monday night.

The planning commission did not make a recommendation on the land development plan at its May 2 meeting, tabling the matter because it lacked plans for sewer and water to the site, Wolgemuth said. The commission also raised the issue of parking, with the plan calling for 57 spaces for the restaurant and 127 for the hotel, Wolgemuth said.

Council President William McLaughlin said a Ruby Tuesday should probably have close to 100 parking spots for patrons and employees and there should be a crossover parking easement with the hotel in case the property is ever subdivided.

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Wolgemuth said the borough ordinance regulating off-street parking requires only 35 parking spots for the restaurant, based on its square footage. He said there is land across Walker Road that the hotel uses for overflow parking that could augment parking for the restaurant, but it should be paved and have "a defined pedestrian crossing."

"Do we need to change our ordinance?" Councilwoman Sharon Bigler asked.

"We don't have a classification for extra-popular" businesses, borough solicitor Thomas Finucane said.

The council had 90 days from May 2 to approve or reject the plan, Wolgemuth said.

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