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Franklin County buying former convenience store

May 13, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County Commissioners plan to sign a contract Thursday to buy the former Sheetz convenience store on North Second Street in Chambersburg.

Negotiations have been under way "for some time" to purchase the property adjacent to the courthouse's Administrative Annex, according to Bob Thomas, chairman of the commissioners.

The county will purchase the former convenience store and lot for $390,000 from Robert Sheetz, he said.

Acquiring the property "makes perfect sense" with zoning and the ability to own the corner of the block, Thomas said.

No decision has been made concerning the future of the site, although it remains important to keep county services accessible downtown, he said.

"The county is growing and the demand for our services are growing," Thomas said.

Thomas said the money to purchase the property is not coming from the county's operating budget, but rather from debt service reserve funds. The money is "unspent interest from bond money that was prudently invested by the county during the construction phase of county projects," he said.

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Sheetz replaced the 270 N. Second St. store with one on Norland Avenue approximately two years ago.

The Administrative Annex holds Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter's office and county offices like domestic relations and planning.

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