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Waynesboro council clarifies goals for South Mulberry Avenue

July 26, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council, at a special meeting Thursday, clarified its goals for South Mulberry Avenue now that it has turned it into a pedestrian walkway.

The north end of the thoroughfare's first block will be outfitted with a mountable curb so emergency vehicles still are able to use the road, Councilman Craig Newcomer said. The south end likely will have a single pole that can be removed by firefighters, he said.

On Aug. 10, a contractor will replace the pavement on both North and South Mulberry avenues with bricks, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Hamberger has negotiated with the building owners on both sides of South Mulberry Avenue to light the alley. Lights already were there, but not functioning, he said.

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"We put them up years ago, but everyone forgot about them," Hamberger said.

Consideration is being given to placing benches in the alley, but Hamberger shared concerns that they might encourage miscreants to congregate.

The council's recent 4-2 decision to prohibit vehicular traffic on South Mulberry Avenue (also known as Mulberry Street) had opposition.

Representatives of RE/MAX Associates Realty and Mulberry Laundry Center repeatedly spoke against the idea, saying it would hurt their businesses, which use Mulberry Avenue for an address. The proprietors criticized the council for not doing a formal-use study.

The pedestrian walkway had the support of Main Street Waynesboro Inc., a nonprofit organization seeking to revitalize Pa. 16 in Waynesboro's downtown. Representatives of the organization said shoppers will be able to park in the Rotary parking lot and safely walk to Main Street businesses.

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