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Sheffield Manor proposed expansion discussed

July 06, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The proposed expansion of the existing Sheffield Manor development north of Waynesboro does not connect the main thoroughfare to Stottlemyer Road as intended in the 1980s, a surveyor testified Wednesday.

Instead, the extension of Sheffield Manor Boulevard, proposed to occur in phases, would eventually reach a cul-de-sac at the end of 14 condominium buildings, R. Lee Royer said.

Royer, a civil engineer, an attorney, a developer and a real estate broker presented testimony during a public hearing for the planned residential development (PRD) that would add 42 town houses and 168 condominiums onto 26.81 acres in Washington Township.

Plans will soon be submitted for homes on an extension of London Bridge Drive as well, Royer said.

Under township ordinance, PRDs are required to have two different housing types, but allow for more units than traditional development styles. The developer, M&H Construction of Waynesboro, has proposed building most of the condominiums before starting construction of the town houses.

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"It's the intent to build out completely," Darwyn Benedict of RE/MAX Associates Realty said, answering supervisors' concerns that the developer could build the condominiums and then fail to complete the plan.

The decision to start with condominiums was based, in part, on town houses already planned on nearby Grandview Avenue, Benedict said.

In some markets, 50 percent of construction is condominiums, although Franklin County has few, he said.

The development could have 30 to 40 "new affordable housing units" on the market a year, he said.

"A huge part of the PRD is conservation of the natural features. I'd like to see more details on the natural features," Supervisor John Gorman said, asking how many new trees are proposed in comparison to those being preserved. He also requested a plan for replacement when foliage dies.

"Our plan is to revegetate this entire area," Civil Engineer Merle Holsinger said. "I'm sure the owners of this development want a quality development and are willing to do landscaping."

The development would be served by the Waynesboro Borough Authority for water and the Washington Township Municipal Authority for sewer, according to a report.

The supervisors' decision has been delayed for up to 60 days as allowed by township ordinance.

The only other PRD ever approved in the township was Glen Afton Estates near Harbaugh Church Cemetery. That development has since become tied up in legal disputes.

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