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Board to consider commercial zoning on interstate tract

March 15, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township might soon toss a few more uses into the mix for land along Interstate 81.

The board of supervisors voted Tuesday to draft an ordinance for highway commercial III (HC3) zoning at the request of a local developer.

Paul Perini of Hagerstown-based Perini Properties Corp. proposed adding HC3 zoning in the township to mix more uses on highway commercial land.

Perini, who owns the proposed Antrim Commons Business Park along Interstate 81 in Antrim Township, said zoning the land HC3 would allow his company to develop a more attractive blend of businesses and industry on the 200-acre plot along U.S. 11 near exit 3.

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"We see the land as a gateway into Greencastle," Perini said.

Perini said the development plan includes subdividing the land into smaller plots but said nothing can be subdivided until the township decides the zoning issue.

Township manager Ben Thomas said uses in HC3 could potentially include light industrial, retail sales, hotel/motel, mini-warehouses and more.

Supervisors also voted to negotiate on Perini's behalf with the owner of a 25-foot right-of-way needed for access to the propose Antrim Commons Business Park.

Food Lion, which owns the land needed for access to the development, previously declined to sell Perini the land.

Supervisors agreed to take the existing terms set by Perini and negotiate to acquire the land for the developer.

Additionally, the site of the proposed Antrim Commons Business Park has been found to be a significant archaeology site.

Perini said he plans to subdivide and donate two acres of the land to the Archaeology Conservancy.

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