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Waynesboro Planning Commission briefs

August 15, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

Homes fared well during recent rains



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Homes plagued by flooding in the borough's South End fared well in the latest storms, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs told the Waynesboro Planning Commission Monday night.

Maintenance crews installed six backflow preventers, a new 30-inch pipe and a bigger inlet, Grubbs said. They cut out manholes and replaced them with watertight ones, he said.

"Little by little, all these things are being taken care of," Grubbs said.

A full report with suggestions to repair the aging storm water system in the borough is expected from a Chambersburg, Pa., consultant in September.

The Planning Commission had asked its legal counsel to research whether a moratorium could stop development in the affected drainage area. The attorney said Monday that it would likely not withstand court challenges.

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Owner of downtown building has new plan



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Maryland man who bought a Main Street building and encountered problems with parking regulations in 2006 has found similar problems with his new building.

Craig Mahrle bought the former Beck & Benedict Hardware Store building at 84 W. Main St. about two years ago. He failed to meet parking requirements when proposing new condominiums inside.

On Monday, he was before the Waynesboro Planning Commission with a conceptual sketch plan for six new condominiums in 80/82 W. Main St.

Between the two buildings, he is about 10 spaces short of meeting the borough ordinance requiring two parking spaces per living unit.

Mahrle will have to go before the Waynesboro Zoning Hearing Board to seek a variance from the rule.

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