Franklin County Commissioners purchase parking lot

July 19, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Thursday purchased a parking lot adjacent to other property it owns.

The county will spend $247,500 to buy the property at 46 N. Main St. from the Chambersburg Area Development Corp., according to a news release.

A public alley (Montgomery Alley) crosses the length of the parking lot.

The affected property, which is immediately south of Wogan’s Uniform Center, is nearly a quarter of an acre including the alley, Commissioners Chairman David Keller said in a telephone interview.

Included are 33 parking spaces in two rows, but the county has a five-year agreement to lease 20 spaces back to the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. at no cost to the development corporation.

The transition represents somewhat of a role reversal, as the county previously leased spaces from the Chambersburg Area Development Corp.

“We just own it now instead of paying rent,” Keller said.

He said the purchase was made with an eye on the future.

“As the county continues to grow, the court facilities will likely need to (grow) as well,” Keller said.

The newly purchased lot gives the county “additional flexibility to address the facility needs of the courts,” he said.

The property being purchased once was the Madden Hotel, the news release stated.

The county is in the midst of a $1.8 million renovation for its court functions. Changes are under way in the courthouse annex, and some operations will be moved to the old “junior firehouse” building on North Second Street.

In 2010, the commissioners rejected a $58.4 million plan for a new judicial center north of its current location.

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