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Church's rezoning request discussed by Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors

February 15, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A request from a Waynesboro church to rezone an industrial property on Midvale Road will go before the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors next Wednesday.

Crosswalk Church, which is in the Gold’s Gym complex at 118 Walnut St., asked to rezone the former Tri Fab Inc. building between Homes by Keystone and Baumgardner Lane. The church has requested to rezone the property from industrial to agricultural.

The Washington Township Planning Commission recommended the supervisors approve the request.

The Tri Fab Inc. building has been empty for two years, Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said. Still, it generates $16,000 a year in taxes for the municipality, he said.

In Pennsylvania, churches are exempt from paying property taxes.

The church intends to reuse the existing building, Christopher said.

Supervisor Stephen Kulla questioned the effect of the rezoning on future tenants if the church abandoned the property. He asked what would happen if another industrial business wanted to use that space.

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Christopher said a future industrial tenant would need to have the property rezoned again.

— Jennifer Fitch

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