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Former Quincy director named first Main Street manager

September 28, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - "I get the impression this job is not going to be normal," Carole L. Malin said to laughter Wednesday, a month before she will become Waynesboro's first Main Street manager.

Malin, who was referring to peculiar work hours and the many agencies with which she'll integrate, was hired Monday night by the nonprofit Main Street Waynesboro Inc., which has spent several years of planning for the new position.

The 12 of 15 Main Street Waynesboro Inc. board members at Monday's meeting unanimously voted to hire Malin out of the five people interviewed, said Ernie Brockmann, chairman of the organization committee.

"Carole brings a wealth of executive experience to the position," said Anna Root, vice president of Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

Malin, a resident of Greencastle, Pa., will be asked to coordinate commercial revitalization of the downtown, publicize the efforts, develop an action plan, assist property owners with the restoration of downtown buildings and interpret reports that have been made about the community.

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Malin, former executive director of Quincy Retirement Community, said she learned about the position through her work as a Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce board member. The Oct. 23 start date for the position coordinated with her departure from Quincy Retirement Community, she said.

"Quincy's affiliating with another organization, and that timing is Oct. 1," Malin said.

Quincy Retirement Community is becoming a subsidiary corporation of PHI of Camp Hill, Pa. That move brings Quincy Retirement Community a new administrative staff, including Sharon J. Loganzo as executive director.

It might also mean an expansion plan developed over the next six months, Malin said.

Malin said her Quincy Retirement Community job over the past three years has "whetted her appetite" to enhance Waynesboro's downtown. She said Baby Boomers long for strong downtowns like the ones they remember from decades ago.

"One of the challenges has always been for us to integrate a continuing-care retirement community into (Waynesboro) ... and (I have) been disappointed there aren't more opportunities to come to a downtown because that's what they're used to. ... They see Waynesboro as the town. They want to go into town," Malin said.

Malin, a Frostburg State University graduate, believes Waynesboro benefits from having a rich history, yet has problems with absentee landlords and businesses that don't last. Her favorite stop on Main Street is TranquiliTEA.

Malin will be partnering with the Chamber of Commerce for administrative support. She also will be in contact with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, which helped Main Street Waynesboro Inc. obtain matching grants to pledges it received from the community to provide for Malin's hiring.

Main Street officials declined to divulge Malin's salary.

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