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LANCASTER COUPLE EQUATES DEVELOPMENT, PROGRESS

Not in my back yard, many of Lancaster's 32,000 residents keep saying about residential development.

But at least one town resident wonders why others should have that luxury when he didn't.

Anthony Krupa, a 55-year-old Bowen Avenue homeowner, also owns property on Transit Road, near where Bella Vista proposes to build 280,000 square feet of retail space and a 1,500-car parking lot on the corner of Transit Road and William Street.

A lifelong Lancaster resident, Krupa has seen his share of development -- residential and otherwise. He even remembers hunting in the William Street and Aurora Road areas. Both are now developed.

"We were never asked if we wanted them in our back yard," Krupa said Monday at a public hearing on requiring developers to build homes on larger lots. The idea is to curb growth, proponents say.

"Now all these people don't want nothing in their back yard. Of all these people behind us who built condos and houses, nobody ever asked if we wanted them in our back yard," he said.

If someone had asked, the Krupas would be fine with development -- past and current, said Krupa's wife, Lucy. After all, she added, development is good for the town, so why stand in the way?

"If someone had asked us, we still wouldn't mind in least bit. Development is a part of progress," she said.

As for those neighbors who continue to fight it, Lucy Krupa said she doesn't understand why.

"They were a part of progress, because they have new homes," she said. "Progress will happen whether they like it or not."

Councilwoman Georgette F. Pelletterie, who favors increasing lot sizes as a way to limit growth, is sponsoring a resolution increasing lot sizes for future single-family homes and two-family dwellings in areas connected to sewer systems.

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