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Waynesboro Planning panel disapproves of site for antique motorcycle shop

August 12, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Early plans for an antique motorcycle shop on West North Street stalled Monday when they went before the Waynesboro Planning Commission.

Planning commission members said they would welcome the business, but said they had concerns about the size of the proposed building as well as parking constraints and potential noise problems.

"It's going to be a noisy business in a tightly packed neighborhood. ... It seems like this is the wrong lot for this business," planner Stephen Monn said.

Former Waynesboro resident Bob Hamilton, who now lives in northern Virginia, wrote a letter to the planning commission, asking for its initial thoughts about his proposal. He asked to operate the antique motorcycle business from a 30-foot by 50-foot structure on a 2,260-square-foot lot where a portion of a home collapsed in 2007.

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"Anything built in there is better than what's there now," said planning commission member Allen Porter.

The property is near the intersection of West North Street and North Potomac Street, across from Faith United Methodist Church of Waynesboro.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said the plan would violate the regulation for a 20-foot property line setback on the rear of the lot. He also said the front property line would need to be determined, since there might not be enough room for parking without cars ending up on the sidewalk.

The planning commission agreed to ask Hamilton to look for another site.

In other business at its Monday meeting, the planning commission listed revisions it would like to see on plans presented by a West Main Street property owner. Craig Mahrle owns the old Beck & Benedict building at 84-88 W. Main St., and he asked to divide space on the first floor to allow for two new tenants.

"About Your Wedding" is in the process of moving into the eastern portion of the first floor, and the other section would be divided into two areas as shown in land development plans. Those plans will go before the planning commission again after minor revisions are made.

"He took that big room that was in there, and he put a hallway in from the front door," Monn said.

Also, the planners will recommend that the Waynesboro Zoning Hearing Board exempt Wayne and Colleen Driscoll from parking requirements for their relocated sign shop moving into the old CJ's Tavern on West Main Street.

"They were unable to supply any off-street parking because they don't have access to the rear of the building. ... It's not like they'll have people coming in and out like a retail shop," Grubbs said.

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