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Borough council gives nod to CVS project

August 08, 2006|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has yet to issue a highway occupancy permit, but the Greencastle Borough Council agreed Monday night to allow the developer of a CVS pharmacy to proceed with the $3.3 million project.

Michael Timmons of Timber Development Corp. of Longwood, Fla., told the council his firm reached an agreement with the owner of an adjacent restaurant property on extending the southbound right-turn lane of U.S. 11 at the Pa. 16 intersection. It was one of five contingencies the council placed on the project when it was initially approved in January, he said.

Timmons said the council wanted the turn lane extended beyond the CVS property because of concerns about traffic backing up at the intersection as development and traffic increase. The agreement with Home Style Family Restaurant at 26 N. Antrim Way, he said, calls for the developer to make parking lot and access improvements for the restaurant, and to pay a fee to the owners.

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While an agreement had been reached with the restaurant, Timmons said a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT could take four or five more weeks to receive administrative approval.

"We have a timetable we are obligated to with CVS," Timmons told the council. The company wants to have the 11,970-square-foot store open before Christmas and "I'm running out of time to meet that obligation," he said.

Timmons asked the council to allow Timber Development to get the necessary building permits to complete the project. The borough would still control the issuance of an occupancy permit for the property until the building is completed and the highway occupancy permit is received, he said.

Councilman Donald Coldsmith said the request qualified as a special circumstance and would not necessarily set a precedent for other projects in the future.

Council Vice President Paul Schemel said the project with the extended right-turn lane will improve safety at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16.

The council approved the request unanimously.

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