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Business park could be ready within year

May 09, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - A business park planned off Exit 3 of Interstate 81 could be in active use before the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation redesigns the interstate ramp there, the developer said Tuesday.

Paul Perini, representing Perini Industrial Land LLC, said a Frederick, Md., distribution company could be on-site within a year, bringing 130 jobs and adding 30 new ones in the first phase.

All told, that client could use state incentives packages for "job creators" and eventually employ 300, Perini said.

He has asked the Antrim Township Supervisors for their blessing to create at least one temporary dead-end road in the Antrim Commons Business Park before Exit 3 is redesigned.

The distribution company would access Commerce Avenue initially, he said.

Later, Perini Avenue would take traffic to the distribution company from the intersection of U.S. 11 and I-81.

"That ramp has to happen, and then our connection has to happen. It is our intent to get (Perini Avenue) designed and opened," Perini said.

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Perini and the supervisors recently have been working on the zoning for his 200-acre business park, creating guidelines for a type of highway commercial zone there.

They discussed ways to ensure that businesses have access to storage units, while preventing an influx of companies that specialize in rentals to residential customers. They also modified proposed pedestrian walkways to traditional sidewalks.

The group is considering how to balance limiting mast signs with hotels' and restaurants' desire for visibility from the interstate.

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