Borough Seeks To Reclaim & ReDevelop Southgate Shopping Center

Borough Seeks To Reclaim & ReDevelop Southgate Shopping Center

Borough of Chambersburg is working with the Elm Street Advisory Council to reclaim and redevelop the Southgate Shopping Center into a mixed-use residential neighborhood.

The goal of the project, known as the Southgate Shopping Center Redevelopment Initiative, 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.

A project website has been established to present information, and seek feedback, in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole:

Please visit the website to learn more about the project, participate in a community outreach meeting and to take an online survey.

For questions, please contact me: Guy Shaul, Community and Economic Development Specialist, at 717-251-2446 or

Borough of Chambersburg Reiterates Franklin County Remains In Red Phase

Borough of Chambersburg Reiterates Franklin County Remains In Red Phase

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Chambersburg Borough Council President Alice Elia and Mayor Walt Bietsch clarified to residents and businesses of the Borough of Chambersburg that Franklin County remains under the Red Phase Stay At Home Order of May.

Borough Council President Alice Elia stated, “State health data shows that zip code 17201, largely occupied by the Borough of Chambersburg, accounts for nearly half of the COVID-19 cases in Franklin County ( The Governor’s task force reviews data regularly, and status is subject to change, but, for now, Franklin County and the Borough of Chambersburg are under Stay At Home orders through June 4. “

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf recently clarified consequences for violating Red Phase Stay At Home orders. Small business owners who open prematurely might be subject to loss of insurance coverages as well as state licensures. The county itself, and possibly the municipalities and organizations within it, may lose discretionary funds from the CARES Act. Mayor Walt Bietsch said, “The Chambersburg Police Department will continue its current practice of educating and informing business owners who operate in violation of current Stay At Home orders.” He added, “The economic toll of this pandemic is unprecedented. However, we risk compromising our economic recovery if non-eligible businesses reopen in violation of state orders.”

Both Elia and Bietsch endorsed and requested residents follow public health recommendations.

Read both letters below.

Borough of Chambersburg Letter to Residents

IceFest Set – January 31-February 3

IceFest Set – January 31-February 3

Bundle up and enjoy the 17th Annual IceFest in Downtown Chambersburg, one of the largest winter festivals in Pennsylvania. The 17th Annual IceFest is proudly presented by M&T Bank. This year’s festival will kick off at 5pm on Thursday, January 31 and run through Sunday, February 3 and will include 25+ tons of ice plus events that are sure to please almost everyone!

“IceFest comes at the perfect time–at the end of January when everyone is missing the fun of last month’s holidays and thinking about how long winter is,” stated Janet Pollard of the Franklin county Visitor’s Bureau. “But, with a giant ice slide, amazing ice sculptures, a variety of events, twinkling lights, lots of good food and great shopping—winter is fun!”

To kick-off the festivities, a ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 31 next to the new 11/30 Visitors’ Center on the square. You can view all of the single block sculpture and enjoy live carving by the DiMartino Ice Company from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday night. All of the amazing ice sculptures are sponsored by local businesses.

In addition to the ice sculptures, live ice carvings and FREE double-wide ice slide, this year’s IceFest has a few surprises for you! We have re-invented our Chili Cook-off. It is now the Chili-Q and will include BBQ as well as chili. We’ve moved our Live Carve-Off to a “pre-event” on Wednesday night at the GearHouse Brewing Company. Other events held during IceFest include the Snowfall Ball, Icing on the Cake, the Polar Dunk Plunge, Frozen Flicks, the Kids’ Zone, Run Your Ice Off 5K, live glass blowing and much more. See the full schedule at or go to our Facebook page,

Chambersburg’s IceFest has become a regional destination event that people look forward to annually. Visitors come from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and the tri-state area. IceFest is an important community fundraiser for three local nonprofits: Chambersburg Council for the Arts, the Downtown Business Council and Downtown Chambersburg Inc. The Borough of Chambersburg assists these three organizations with coordination of the event along with many volunteers from the local community.

“IceFest gives us a chance to showcase our beautiful downtown and gives our downtown businesses an opportunity to increase their sales during a typically slow season” says Sam Thrush, president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.
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Be sure to check out the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center and warm up, join a paranormal investigation, check out on-display art, participate in Acappella & Unplugged Open Mic, or take a chance on a raffle for a beautiful quilt. Details here.

Congratulations Borough of Chambersburg on Selection as Sustainable Pennsylvania Community

Congratulations Borough of Chambersburg on Selection as Sustainable Pennsylvania Community

The Borough of Chambersburg announced today it is among a select group of high performing municipalities to become certified through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program. The Borough is recognized at the Gold level of certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. (more…)