CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners are buying another building to expand the county’s footprint in downtown Chambersburg.
Settlement will be in early November for the Wogan’s Uniform Center building on North Main Street, according to David Keller, chairman of the commissioners.
“The building will be vacant when the county takes ownership,” Keller said Thursday.
The commissioners anticipate spending about $425,000 for the property and approved a sales agreement a couple of weeks ago, he said.
“We have not discussed how that building will be used,” Keller said.
Earlier this year, the county spent $247,500 to buy a parking lot at 46 N. Main St. That lot is immediately south of Wogan’s Uniform Center.
Keller said the commissioners are trying to secure the properties to give them flexibility in the future. The properties in the core of Chambersburg’s downtown all are close to the courthouse complex.
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.
The project included demolition of the former Harmons building on North Main Street and the Rahauser buildings near the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Second Street.
In 2010, the commissioners rejected a $58.4 million plan for a new judicial center north of its current location after public outcry. Business owners told the elected board they did not want the courthouse and the people that work there outside of the downtown core.