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Old 02-09-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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+1 on Chambersburg. Low crime and everyone really keeps to themselves if you like that. If you are friendly, so are they.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:37 PM
 
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Chambersburg could definitely be an option if rent proves to be too expensive in Gettysburg. Chambersburg is currently seeing a huge influx of investment downtown. In the 10 years I've lived here, I haven't seen this much.

1. The county is planning on consolidating all county offices into a new building in Chambersburg's downtown core in a brand-new Courthouse complex.

2. One craft brewery recently opened (GearHouse Brewing Co.) and one is expanding into a very large building (Roy-Pitz Brewing Company).

3. Former Central Junior High School is being renovated into a mixed-use complex with high-end apartments, office space, and educational space.

4. A former bank on Chambersburg's Square is being turned into a new county tourism center and event space.

5. The Fort Chambers building is being renovated.

6. The former Public Opinion newspaper building is being renovated into modern office space.

7. The Public Opinion is moving to the upper stories of a newly renovated building on Chambersburg's Square. The bottom of the building is currently for lease.

9. Chambersburg Borough Hall is being expanded with a new multi-story addition.

10. Chambersburg's Coyle Free Library is being expanded with new event space and more electronic media options. A lot of the expansion is based on those two principals, so I don't think it would compete directly with a bookstore.

All the things I listed above are either recent or currently in motion. Chambersburg also has numerous events downtown, has both an indoor and outdoor farmer's market, and has quite a bit of potential for growth. Below are two links that may be helpful if you choose Chambersburg:

Home - chambersburg.liveeditaurora.com

Downtown Chambersburg PA

http://www.fcadc.com/

Like I said previously, I haven't seen this much investment in downtown in my 10 years of living here. It seems like local officials are delivering on creating their vision of what downtown Chambersburg should look like.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Cashtown, PA
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I appreciate the info on Chambersburg


There is a possibility of a place in Gettysburg that we are in negotiations with the owner on. However, if we can't find a place to suit our needs or pocketbook, will go further afield. We are also not interested in renting/ we want to buy the property.The bookshop's focus will be history - particularly American Civil War and medieval renaissance periods as well as craft books- so first thought was Gettysburg. But there are other historically important places in PA that should be considered as well.
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:08 PM
 
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Gettysburg/Chambersburg would both be good options for what you are looking for. I've yet to go to Chambersburg, but have been to Gettysburg a few times. Loved it! Don't know much about the housing market, as I was there visiting a friend who rented an apartment downtown.

Carlisle, Hunterstown, Hanover, and Fairfield might be options as well. I believe they had smaller battles during the Civil War.

One other area I thought of although, not in the Harrisburg/Central PA area, that might be a good fit is Ligonier. It's located on Rt 30, 50-60 miles from Pittsburgh. You can see Fort Ligonier from Rt 30. Though this was not during the time of the Civil War. I believe it might be been during the French and Indian War. The town center is referred to as "the diamond" and is similar to Gettysburg. Houses in the area will be right around your price point depending exactly where you are looking.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Offer has been accepted on a house near Gettysburg. We are very much looking forward to this. Have to wait for a month for final inspection and final signing of papers. Tis happening!!!
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:41 AM
 
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Offer has been accepted on a house near Gettysburg. We are very much looking forward to this. Have to wait for a month for final inspection and final signing of papers. Tis happening!!!
Welcome!
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:06 PM
 
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Congratulations! Welcome to Pennsylvania!
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:44 PM
 
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Welp, we signed papers on the old Rock Top Hotel in Cashtown. So very much lucking forward to being there in October. If we are able to get the permits, the bookshop will be called The Rock Top Bookshop and Bindery. We will specialize in Civil War books, maps and prints as well as books on the medieval/renaissance periods, arts, crafts, Viking, British Isles among other topics. Mostly history and art oriented non-fiction.


Drucilla and Chris
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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Welp, we signed papers on the old Rock Top Hotel in Cashtown. So very much lucking forward to being there in October. If we are able to get the permits, the bookshop will be called The Rock Top Bookshop and Bindery. We will specialize in Civil War books, maps and prints as well as books on the medieval/renaissance periods, arts, crafts, Viking, British Isles among other topics. Mostly history and art oriented non-fiction.


Drucilla and Chris
Congratulations! I look forward to visiting the store once you're open.
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