CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - An agreement was finalized this week between the Army and the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) that will allow future expansion of Letterkenny Army Depot onto 225 acres of land that was to have been turned over to the authority.
Joseph Whitaker, the assistant deputy secretary of the Army for Installations and Housing, on Monday signed the agreement, which modifies a 1998 agreement between the Army and LIDA, said Mark Sheffield, depot chief of staff.
That old agreement was reached after the 1995 decision by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission to transfer missions out of the depot. The Army declared 1,462 acres as excess property, and the authority was created to take it over for civilian development.
While 761 acres have been transferred to LIDA, the 225 acres covered in the new agreement had not, Sheffield said.
"It was government property, this still is government property and will remain government property," Sheffield said. "They are going to get 225 acres less in the future than in the original agreement."