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More retail, restaurant space planned for Chambersburg Village

July 15, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Another 200,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space is being planned for Chambersburg's North End and about three dozen nearby residents appeared pleased with the plan worked out between them, the developer, and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

A subdivision and land development plan for Chambersburg Village Shopping Center was reviewed Monday by the Chambersburg Borough Council. The center would be built on 20.3 acres of highway commercial property along Gateway Avenue, according to Planning and Zoning Administrator Phil Wolgemuth.

The anchor store would be a 130,000-square-foot store, along with retail spaces ranging from 27,000 square feet to 10,500 feet and two restaurants of 7,250 square feet and 6,000 square feet, Wolgemuth said. There will be 973 parking spaces, 29 outdoor lights and 43 trees, he said.

"A project of this size requires considerable resources ... You have to have adequate commitments before you move forward," said Ryan Johnston, chief financial officer for the developer, BCR Properties. However, he said it was too early to comment on which retailers will move into the center.

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The plan will be voted on by the council no earlier than Aug. 11. Construction will not begin until 2009 with the center opening in 2010, although the economy could affect that schedule, Johnston said.

"We are very pleased to hear the changes the developers have made to this project," said Frank Conrad of Parkwood Drive. BCR Properties and the Planning and Zoning Commission worked with the residents on screening, stormwater management and traffic issues, he said.

Screening from adjacent residential areas and a proposed park includes a 5-foot earthen barrier topped by cypress trees, Wolgemuth said. The rear of duplexes on Parkwood Drive would be screened by a 10-foot masonry wall, he said.

A traffic signal is also recommended for the main entrance on Gateway Avenue, Wolgemuth said. A traffic study showed the development could be expected to generate thousands of vehicle trips a day, he said.

In the past few years hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space has been built in the North End, including the Chambersburg Crossing and Gateway Center developments.

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