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More retail eyed for township

November 02, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township could see more development - commercial and retail - along its boulevard.

At a Washington Township Supervisors workshop Wednesday, plans were introduced for a 26-acre development adjacent to Wal-Mart behind Rouzerville Commons. The engineer for the property, Martin & Martin Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., said proposed development would include a motel, two restaurants, a 51,000-square-foot strip mall, 18 duplex units and 38 town houses.

Known as the Layman property, the land immediately north of Wal-Mart, was rezoned for mixed use in December 2004, Washington Township manager Mike Christopher said. Prior to rezoning, he said the land along the Washington Township Boulevard was agricultural.

Supervisors said the plans presented Wednesday were only a sketch.

"The next step is for the developer to draft a preliminary plan," Christopher said.

While no formal plans were presented by developer Encore Development, supervisors said they are pleased with what they saw Wednesday.

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"I think it is a good fit," supervisor Stewart McCleaf said. "Another motel surely wouldn't hurt."

Supervisor John Gorman said the sketch appeared to go along with the township's plans for conservation zoning.

"I am pleased to see they incorporated pedestrian walkways, vegetation and considered commercial design standards in the shopping complex," Gorman said.

No timeline has been set for the development and Christopher said supervisors do not know when plans will be presented again.

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