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Development group to pay for asbestos removal at proposed Pa. animal shelter

May 09, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.-- The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter got welcomed news with the announcement Friday that the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. would pay for asbestos removal from buildings at the proposed site of a new shelter.

CADC President David Sciamanna announced the corporation would pay approximately $60,000 for the removal of asbestos from derelict buildings at the former Kenny Gardens housing complex. The announcement was made at the corporation's 48th annual meeting.

Kenny Gardens had been military housing at Letterkenny Army Depot, but the buildings were on property conveyed to the Chambersburg Area School District several years ago. Several months ago, the school board announced its intention to donate 10 acres of the land to the shelter for a new building.

"We are very excited. We've had a lot of folks step up and help with this," Jennifer Vanderau, the shelter's director of communications, said Friday. Acquistion of the land has yet to be finalized, she said.

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The shelter and CSX reached an agreement last year in which the railroad would donate a total of $600,000 toward a new shelter -- half at the time of the agreement and the balance in three years, assuming the shelter found a new site. The board of directors for the shelter wanted to move because the present site on Country Road is next to a intermodal railroad facility CSX opened in 2007.

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