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Borough ouncil agrees to rezone more property for Waynesboro Hospital

February 08, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday rezoned more property for Waynesboro Hospital after rezoning several houses last month to allow for hospital expansion.

The rezoning request unanimously approved Wednesday converts six acres of the former East Junior High School site from medium-density residential to hospital/office.

Although the hospital revealed plans for $13.5 million to $15.5 million worth of expansion in November, there are no plans for the land most recently rezoned, attorney Bill Dick said on behalf of the hospital.

Instead, the six acres were attached to the request for the Enterprise Avenue homes, but the two matters were separated by an error in a legal advertisement.

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"All we were doing was making this request as a matter of convenience," Dick said.

The six acres included in the latest request are on the south side of Main Street, across from the main entrance of the hospital.

Behind the hospital, site work is under way for a parking lot where the council abandoned an alley last year.

Last month's Enterprise Avenue rezoning stretched to Roadside Avenue. Houses there are "going to be demolished immediately," Councilman Allen Porter said.

Hospital Vice President Ken Shur said in September that the expansion includes a 9,300-square-foot addition to the hospital's diagnostic imaging center and 14,500 square feet of space for outpatient services.

An additional 105 parking spaces would be added as well, he said.

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