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Developer eyes west end of township for Food Lion

October 31, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 25,000-square-foot Food Lion on the west side of Waynesboro could bring with it another large commercial business as well as nine stores in a retail center.

Early sketch plans for the 6.56-acre tract show the grocery store sitting off Pa. 16 behind a 1.1-acre outparcel. Between the grocery store and the West Branch of the Antietam Creek are retail businesses each approximately 1,300 square feet.

Timber Development of Longwood, Fla., has been working with the site just west of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles club.

"They applied to PennDOT (the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) for a scoping meeting, ... indicating they want an access to Route 16," Washington Township (Pa.) Manager Mike Christopher said.

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Immediately adjacent to the Food Lion center could be the Glen Oaks development with about 160 town houses and 4.8 acres of commercial development. Christopher said that, to maximize efficiency, one driveway should serve both commercial entities and align with the future intersection of Washington Township Boulevard and Pa. 16.

"The township is trying to work a deal with both parties," he said.

Washington Township Boulevard is a $16.7 million relief route being built north of Waynesboro. It is designed to take traffic off heavily traveled Pa. 16 from Rouzerville, Pa., at Wal-Mart to the proposed intersection at the possible new Food Lion.

Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, said she is excited about new possibilities for people who live in the west end of Waynesboro.

"It's about time they get their fair share," she said.

The proposed shopping center would be an excellent resource for those residents because traffic congestion can stall a trip across Waynesboro, according to Willhide.

"I think it's a huge bonus to the west end of town. We need to get various types of businesses out there," she said.

Timber Development also built the Waynesboro Marketplace Shopping Center with Food Lion in Rouzerville, Pa., and the CVS Pharmacy in Waynesboro. Developer Mike Timmons did not return phone calls Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and a secretary said he was out of the office Thursday afternoon.

A Food Lion spokeswoman said that the company has not signed a lease for a new store.

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