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Developer likely to withdraw plan

February 24, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Antrim Township officials said a developer might withdraw his final plan for a proposed commercial development because he is over budget trying to meet conditions put forth by the township and the municipal authority.

Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Sylvia House said at Tuesday's meeting of the board of township supervisors that developer North Shore One LLC did not submit a formal request to withdraw plans for an office building along Pa. 16, but said it was her understanding a withdraw letter was forthcoming.

House said the developer, Henry Ching of Chambersburg, Pa., has encountered several obstacles in an effort to meet township and Antrim Township Municipal Authority requirements for final approval by March 8.

"Anyone else who would come in and want to develop that piece would not have to go through what they have," she said.

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In January, she said Ching was about $20,000 over budget and suggested that two supervisors meet with him to discuss his concerns.

Supervisor Fred Young said after the meeting that getting together with Ching would be "almost a moot point."

House said Ching has made modifications to the existing building on the lot at the corner of Buchanan Trail East and Grindstone Hill Road as he tried to work within the township's regulations.

The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors attempted to alleviate some of his burden in January when it granted a waiver for a manhole required by the Municipal Authority.

House said there is no way for North Shore One to receive what it has spent and she said Ching indicated that the debt incurred on engineering is too high to continue with the project.

Township Solicitor John Lisko said that since the board would not meet again before the plan needed final approval, it should approve the plan pending North Shore One's meeting of a few conditions and not withdrawing the plan.

The conditions included paying the repair and improvement charge, establishing bond for a small parking lot and a rain garden, and obtaining signatures form the Greencastle-Antrim Area Water Authority.

Ching could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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