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Developer withdraws plans for Food Lion plaza

September 08, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A Florida-based developer notified Washington Township, Pa., officials Wednesday that plans for a Food Lion shopping plaza west of Waynesboro are being withdrawn.

Mike Timmons of Timber Development Corp. called around 10:30 a.m. regarding the plan for Levi Plaza on Pa. 16, Township Manager Mike Christopher said. Land development plans showed a 25,000-square-foot grocery store, nine retail spaces and an outparcel.

"He asked for the plan to be withdrawn from tonight's (township supervisors) meeting," Christopher said, saying an official letter is being sent.

Timmons said Food Lion was no longer interested in using the site, Christopher said.

The Levi Plaza plan, which involved 6 1/2 acres adjacent to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, was under review by the Washington Township Planning Commission. Christopher said township officials expected it would be voted on by the planning commission in September.

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Once its review was complete, the planning commission would have sent the plan to the township supervisors for the official approval, disapproval or changes.

"With a little bit more work, it was ready to go," he said.

The commercially zoned project would have been in the township's designated impact fee zone, which means the municipality stood to collect tens of thousands of dollars because of the development's effect on traffic.

If developed, Levi Plaza would have been the first major shopping center on the western portion of Waynesboro.

Timmons did not return a call to his office Wednesday.

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