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Southgate Shopping Center Redevelopment Initiative

      The Borough of Chambersburg, in collaboration with the Elm Street Advisory Council, (ESAC) is embarking on a proposed long-term initiative to reclaim and redevelop the Southgate Shopping Center into a mixed-use residential neighborhood.

      The project’s goal is to pay respect to the families that were displaced in 1962, when the shopping center was built, by creating a new sustainable neighborhood that promotes a mixture of uses to include housing, employment, retail and business services into the Elm Street Neighborhood.

      The Elm Street Neighborhood’s ongoing involvement in the Southgate redevelopment process is vitally important to the success of this community development initiative.

      For more information, please download the project summary sheet.


Participate in the “Grassroots Community Visioning” process by:

    1. Attending a community outreach meeting from November 2020 – February 2021.

[Publish a list of meeting dates, times and locations]

    2. Taking the online survey to answer 5 key questions supporting the redevelopment vision.


    4. Mixed-Use Neighborhood Resources
  • What is a Mixed-Use Neighborhood? (This is a great resource that includes a video explaining what a mixed-use neighborhood is and a series of infographics that illustrate the benefits and impacts.)

  • Creating Walkable Mixed-Use Neighborhoods (This resource discusses the how comfortable pedestrian access to stores, restaurants and other businesses, co-mingled with neighborhoods, reduces the need to own cars and encourages social connections.)

  • Complete Communities, Designing Better Places video series is adapted from the series of video presentations produced by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Community Assistance and the Appalachian Regional Commission

  • Walnut Bottom Master Plan - (Michael Baker International conducted this study for South Middleton Township near Carlisle and it proposes a mixed use neighborhood strategy for the former Kmart shopping center and two large neighboring properties along the “suburban commercial strip corridor” in the Township adjacent to I-81 and Downtown Carlisle.)

  •       Please address questions to:

    Guy E. Shaul
    Community & Economic Development Specialist
    Borough of Chambersburg
    100 South Second St., 2nd floor, Chambersburg, PA 17201
    Office: 717-251-2446 |