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Development Corp. to help with building asbestos removal

May 10, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The Chambersburg Area Development Corp. will take care of one financial headache faced by the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter in its effort to get a new building.

The corporation will pay approximately $60,000 for the removal of asbestos from derelict buildings at the former Kenny Gardens housing complex, according to the report issued at the CADC's 48th annual meeting on Friday.

Kenny Gardens was 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 it would 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.

The CADC manages the Chambers-5 Business Park, Fifth Avenue Commercial Center, Progress Park, the CADCO Industrial Park and other commerial and industrial properties in the Chambersburg area. Dozens of businesses employing 2,874 people are currently operating in the CADC parks, according to the annual report.

In 2007, CADC sold four lots at the Chambers-5 and Fifth Avenue facilities totaling about 16 acres, the report stated.

The 35,000-square-foot Headquarters of the Americas for Hirschmann Automation and Control Inc. was completed on Orchard Avenue last year.

In 2007, the CADC also created the 21st Century Loan Fund, providing low-interest loans to upgrade properties in downtownn Chambersburg. The first loan went to Larry and Barbara Lahr, who bought and are renovating five North Main Street properties.

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