A plan for a 186-unit residential/commercial development on the 2-acre parcel behind the Gettysburg Transit Center between Carlisle and Stratton Streets will be considered by the Gettysburg Planning Commission on Tuesday evening. The public is invited to attend.
The proposed project includes two three-story buildings with 8 apartments each in addition to a 7-story building with 170 units. The units will include a combination of studio, 1-bedrooom, and 2-bedroom apartments.
The proposal also includes retail and restaurant space.
The project also includes parking and a proposed extension of the Gettysburg Inner Loop bicycle-pedestrian trail.
The developer is also purchasing the existing Rabbit Transit Center site on Carlisle St. The Transit Center would be relocated to Stratton Street.
The proposal, from Landcore Engineering Consultants of Philadelphia, is requesting a special exception for two issues related to building sizes.
The developer is requesting that, rather than having a setback on upper floors as required by current zoning, the entire 7-story building be built on a smaller footprint. According to the application, this provides the benefit of additional green space while the upper stories of the building would remain in the same location.
The developer is also asking for a variance to allow a lower (one-story) minimum height for the relocated Transit Center, saying a 24-foot building as currently required “would not be in character of the surrounding properties.”
The property, which has been vacant since at least 2001, was extensively developed by the Adams County Industrial Development Authority before being sold to the developer in 2021.
The 7-story building would be centered on the site with as much separation as possible from streets and existing homes.
The proposal will also be considered at a Gettysburg Zoning Commission meeting to be held on June 28 and will be considered by the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) at its July meeting.
Borough councilmember Matt Moon said the developer had been “extraordinarily respectful of the borough’s wishes. He has peppered the project with Christmas presents for the borough including infrastructure improvements,” he said.