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Carlisle unveils plans for Northwest part of town

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

In the Northwest section of Carlisle, there are blocks of crumbling buildings and vacant houses. Monday night, local leaders unveiled their vision to fix up that rundown part of town.

In May 2012, the former Masland building went up in flames. It was the third industrial facility to close in four years in the Northwest section of town. The two others, Carlisle Tire and Wheel and Tyco Electronics, are also vacant - but local leaders saw those losses as an opportunity.

"The borough felt like it needed to take the initiative to lead what might happen on those properties because it's such a large chunk of land," plan contractor Sean Garrigan said.

At a meeting packed with residents, project leaders outlined a plan, but there were no specifics.

"It's still a lot of theory and I think the theory looks great, but it would be wonderful to actually hear from the developers at some point and give one concrete example of what would be coming in," said Brenda Landis, who lives near the vacant properties.

But there is a general framework - restaurants, hotels, shops and condos - but project officials said the neighborhood will not overshadow downtown.

"They're linked to downtown so you don't create a second downtown, because the borough has put so much effort into building up the downtown. They want to make the downtown stronger, not create a separate area and deplete what they've done," Garrigan said.

Project officials said construction will not begin for another two to three years. For people who live in the Northwest part of town, the changes cannot come soon enough.

"We're kind of excited to get it moving. It's been a good project for us. We want to see it happen," Doug Weirich.

The plan will also address some ongoing issues like flooding and traffic.

Over the next year, there will be several opportunities for residents to voice their opinions.

If you would like to take a closer look at the plan, visit http://carlisleplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Carlisle-URP-Executive-Summary.pdf or http://www.facebook.com/CarlislePlan.

 

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