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Hospital rezoning requests approved

November 16, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In two unanimous decisions Wednesday night, the Waynesboro Borough Council voted to move Waynesboro Hospital one step closer to the start of its multimillion-dollar expansion project.

The council approved a recommendation from the planning commission to rezone land along Enterprise Avenue from residential to hospital. The council also approved a recommendation of Bill Dick, an attorney representing Waynesboro Hospital, to rezone the land across from the hospital where East Junior High once sat from residential to hospital.

Waynesboro Hospital owns both pieces of land and needed both to be rezoned before it could break ground on its expansion project.

Dick did not specify the intended use for the land across from the hospital along Pa. 16 (East Main Street), Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said the planning commission speculated it was intended as a parking lot. Citing safety concerns over pedestrians crossing Pa. 16, Grubbs said the planning commission recommended that council not approve the land to be rezoned.

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Councilman Allen Porter argued against the planning commission's recommendation saying, "the hospital already owns the land and has one building on it and there is already a crosswalk at the light."

Arguing for the hospital, Dick said not rezoning the land Wednesday would cost the hospital time and money on its project and recommended the council zone the land for hospital so they did not have to come back later and seek an exemption.

Councilman Charles McCammon moved to approve Dick's recommendation, basically rejecting the recommendation of the planning commission.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said both recommendations will be on the agenda for the Dec. 6 council meeting for final approval.

The planned expansion is estimated to cost between $13.5 million and $15.5 million and stretch across Enterprise Avenue.

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