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Waynesboro could get new traffic signal if mall is redeveloped

Under the agreement, the developer would pay for the traffic light if it proceeds with the plan

September 09, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Motorists could be encountering a new traffic signal at the intersection of East Main Street and Sunnyside Avenue when Waynesboro Mall is redeveloped, municipal officials said Monday.

“We have an agreement with the proposed developer to bear the cost of the (traffic) light,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

The Waynesboro Borough Council will be reviewing that agreement with J.C. BAR Properties Inc. at its meeting tonight. The agreement also calls for the borough to be absolved of maintenance for a period of time.

“This is basically that we agree they put the light in if they pay for it,” Hamberger said.

Under the agreement, the developer would pay for the traffic light if it proceeds with the plan. Hamberger said the price tag could approach six figures based on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s requirements.

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“It all depends on what PennDOT demands,” he said.

PennDOT requirements also will determine how long engineering and permitting will take for the traffic signal, Hamberger said.

PennDOT’s review can be expedited if the contracted engineer properly addresses aspects like curbs, turning lanes and signs, PennDOT spokesman Michael Crochunis said. Sidewalks are decisions made under municipal regulations, he said.

Final land development plans for the shopping center’s redevelopment have not been submitted to the municipality, Hamberger said.

J.C. BAR Properties of Camp Hill, Pa., did not immediately return a call for comment. Franklin County, Pa., tax records indicate the mall continues to be owned by a company from Westminster, Md.

The council’s meeting starts at 7:15 tonight in borough hall at 55 E. Main St.

If the mall is redeveloped, it could make for a busy construction zone on that stretch of East Main Street.

Seven houses in the neighborhood across from Waynesboro Mall are being torn down by Summit Health to make room for a three-story medical building next to Waynesboro Hospital. Demolition signs have been posted at the properties for several weeks.

The total cost of the building project is estimated at about $16 million, including construction, fixtures, furnishings and landscaping.

Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in January, according to hospital staff.

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