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Council hears plan for 443-unit complex in borough's South End

June 14, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The subdivision plan for Progress Village, a 443-unit housing complex in Chambersburg's South End, is expected to be approved by the Borough Council later this month.

Phases two through seven, submitted by DELM Developers, was one of several projects reviewed Monday night by the borough council and will be placed on the consent agenda for the council's June 26 meeting.

The subdivision plan for the first phase, 24 duplex units along Mill Road, was approved last month, said Phil Wolgemuth, the borough's planning director. When completely developed, Progress Village would have 467 homes, he said.

"DELM has invested quite a lot of money in developing the collector mains and force mains" to serve the project, Wolgemuth said. For its part, the borough is building a sewage pumping station south of Mill Road to serve future development in the area, he said.

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In lieu of dedicating land to the borough for public recreation, DELM will pay Chambersburg $373,600 that will be used for public recreation facilities on an 8-acre parcel north of Mill Creek Acres West, Wolgemuth said.

DELM also will pay $100,000 for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Mill Road and South Main Street, he said.

Also on the June 26 agenda is the land development plan for a Ruby Tuesday at the Four Points Sheraton at the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Walker Road. The 5,084-square-foot restaurant, with seating for 216 people, will be built next to the hotel at the site of the former Mallards restaurant.

Consideration of the plan was tabled in May over parking concerns. For a restaurant that size, the borough's parking ordinance requires only 35 parking spaces.

Wolgemuth said a lease between Ruby Tuesday and the Delaware Hotel Group, the owner of the hotel, "clarifies the sharing of off-street parking." The restaurant will have 49 parking spaces, but will be able to use the hotel's 127 parking spaces when available, Wolgemuth said.

The council also granted a sidewalk waiver along Lincoln Way East, but a sidewalk will be required along Walker Road, Wolgemuth said. The council also wants a pedestrian crosswalk to a gravel parking lot north of Walker Road, but Wolgemuth said there are no plans to make that satellite parking for the restaurant.

Final approval of a land development plan for a 23,400-square-foot expansion of Patriot Federal Credit Union, 800 Wayne Ave., is also expected on June 26. Wolgemuth said the project includes nine drive-through teller lanes and the elimination of existing drive-through lanes.

Groundbreaking on the Patriot project is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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