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The Gettysburg Planning Commission tonight considered, and expressed approval of, a proposed mixed use residential/commercial project next to the Gettysburg Train Station.
The proposed project, to be located between Carlisle and Stratton Streets, includes 186 apartments in 3 buildings, as well as 7,000 square feet of restaurant and 8,000 feet of retail space.
The apartments would be rented at market-rate.
The proposal is designed to take advantage of zoning changes approved by the Borough Council in 2018 for this lot that allow, by special exemption, an increased building height above the regular 48-foot height, to 72 feet.
The zoning plan gives the developer the ability to add height by (1) having Internal parking, (2) relocating the existing Rabbit Transit Center, (3) including green space, and (4) including a bike trail.
The developer said they had tried to meet all four of the proposed incentives.
The proposal includes 195 total parking spaces with 95 of them internal.
The developer will move the Transit Center to the east side of Stratton St. near SCCAP.
The developer will also include space for the Inner Loop bicycle trail and has included a large proportion of green space.
The commission recommended approving the requested special exception for the increased building height to 72 feet, as well as variances that allow reducing the required height of the Transit Center, and changing building stepbacks that would provide more green space.
The developers said the goal was to put the 72-foot tall building in the center of the property while the lower buildings would front Carlisle and Stratton Streets.
The developer Tim Harrison, from Staten Island, NY said he had lived in PA for many years and had completed 32 projects including commercial construction in the Harrisburg area.
Harrison said he visited Gettysburg and decided he wanted to develop the property. “This really is what I like to do,” he said.
Harrison said his original plan was for both a hotel and apartments, but the contracted hotel dropped out during the pandemic. “It eventually became clear the hotel world had changed,” said Harrison.
Harrison said he spent a lot of time redeveloping the plan and took the desires of the community into account as he revised it. “I did a number of iterations of this plan trying to be sensitive,” he said.
The Planning Commission will provide comments to the Gettysburg Zoning Board, which will meet on June 28. The project will also be reviewed by the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) as well as the borough council.
The Planning Commission will also be reviewing the plan again when it considers the project’s Land Development Plan.
Featured image caption: Rendering of the proposed project looking from Stratton St. toward Carlisle St. The existing parking garage and railroad track are on the left.