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510-unit plan is pitched in Antrim Township

March 01, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A public hearing regarding a proposed 510-unit development along U.S. 11 north of the Maryland state line in Antrim Township, Pa., drew quite a crowd Tuesday.

People listened from the hallway as Anne K. Anderson from the engineering firm CEDG of Mechanicsburg, Pa., presented the details of the Molly Pitcher planned residential development, where the 166 single-family houses would start around $350,000.

A traffic engineer said there could be 700 vehicles traveling between U.S. 11 and the development during the peak evening hour once all the houses are built.

Anderson's testimony indicated that developer Molly Pitcher LLC's plans include the 166 single-family houses, 118 duplexes, 154 town houses and 72 apartments in six buildings - all to be built in phases spanning eight to 12 years.

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"There is an area set aside for future commercial development along Route 11," said Anderson, who later commented that space would be about 10 acres.

She said the development is proposed on the east side of U.S. 11, west of Ridge Road and north of the Cedar Brook development. About 41 acres is set aside for open space, including walking trails along existing tree lines.

James Byers, township supervisor, said he is disappointed that a comment in documents didn't fully address the impact the development would have on police service, which is currently provided in the township by Pennsylvania State Police.

Antrim Township has been in talks with the Borough of Greencastle regarding the implementation of a joint police force.

"Development like this is going to force us to have a police department sooner than we'd like," said Byers.

Anderson said the rapid growth in Franklin County, Pa., is the result of a commutable distance to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and the relatively low cost of housing.

"Antrim Township is a very desirable community. It attracts homebuyers from the surrounding areas and beyond," said Anderson.

The public hearing was required because the developer has proposed town houses in a low-density residential zone, which is not a permitted use. The hearing was part of the initial consideration of the development by supervisors.

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