Pa. development group touts impact in Franklin County

May 13, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Area Development Corp.’s real estate successes have enabled the not-for-profit industrial development corporation to give back to the community, according to a news release following the organization’s annual meeting.

CADC Executive Director David G. Sciamanna said the organization’s greatest impact has been in creating jobs. Employment at its business parks increased slightly since last year, rising from 2,822 to 2,829.

The majority of those jobs (1,576) are at Chambers-5 Business Park in Chambersburg. Businesses in CADCO Industrial Park employ 322; CADC’s Wayne Avenue properties, 118; Fifth Avenue Commercial Center, 769; Progress Park, 24; and the CADC Building on Memorial Square, 20.

In addition, the development corporation is a partner in the 350-acre United Business Park off Exit 24 near Shippensburg, Pa. The park is being developed and looking for tenants, the release said.

The development corporation is hopeful that the park will mirror the success of Chambers-5 Business Park in Chambersburg, Sciamanna said.

Infrastructure improvements are continuing at the site, with a $1.7 million project under way to extend the water line across the property and to build 1,200 feet of road and infrastructure. United Business Park is being marketed for small commercial and light industrial uses.

CADC President Jim Hill said CADC has other properties for sale, including 8.81 acres in Progress Park and 7.12 acres in the Fifth Avenue Commercial Center, both in Chambersburg. Properties for rent include 27,200 square feet in the EDA building in Chambers-5, and 31,000 square feet in the Sheffler Multi-Tenant Building in Chambers-5.

In addition to the current 2,829 jobs at CADC-developed business parks, Sciamanna said the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce affiliate has invested in other community endeavors, contributing nearly $2 million to local organizations since 1986.

Without CADC’s help and its $575,000 in contributions from 2001 to 2010, for example, the Capitol Theatre may not have survived, he said.

CADC has also donated $410,000 since 1986 to Franklin County Area Development Corp., which recruits businesses to the county and assists those already here, the news release stated.

Downtown Chambersburg Inc., another Chamber affiliate, received $395,000 since 1994 to focus on improvements to downtown and provide assistance to businesses. The Chamber Foundation received $126,000 since 2001 for its work, which includes offering three leadership programs and workforce development initiatives.

CADC donated another $133,423 to community organizations such as BOPIC, the United Way of Franklin County, Grove Library, Keystone Health and Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, which is building a shelter. Community events ChambersFest and IceFest received $12,000; they attract visitors to Chambersburg from within the county and far beyond, the news release stated.

Another $300,000 went toward the Village on the Falling Spring project, which leveraged several million dollars in public and private investment downtown.

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