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Commissioners in York County township drop plans for $20 million complex

Written by Terese Boeckel, YDR | Apr 13, 2017 2:52 PM
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The proposed administration building in Spring Garden Township.

Plans for a new municipal complex off of the Mount Rose exit of I-83 in Spring Garden Township have come to a halt.

The commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday night to discontinue all development plans for the site.

The commissioners also voted unanimously to look at redeveloping the property it already has, commissioner Thomas Warman said.

The municipal complex would have incorporated administrative, police and recreation offices as well as offer multipurpose fields, a trail and other park amenities on a roughly 56-acre parcel near the Mount Rose interchange. The land was acquired in 1999 with the intent of consolidating township offices providing expanded recreational opportunities that were not currently available.

While many commissioners approved of the plan in the past, many citizens were vocal in their disagreement. Their voices did not fall on deaf ears.

"Few individuals have stepped up to voice their favorable support of the Mount Rose development," President Commissioner Eric Lehmayer said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. "Does this indicate that, overall, township residents are satisfied with the recreation opportunities available to them?"

Lehmayer said the township is "at a crossroads, not only in terms of recreation, but also in terms of the Mount Rose property." He then stated that it was his opinion that if recreation needs were being met, "continuing with the Mount Rose development is not the best direction for the township."

Next up for the commissioners is to determine the best use of the Mount Rose parcel. That includes looking into the possibility of selling the land.

Warman stressed that a new municipal building is needed, but that it could be built at the Tri Hill site.

This story comes to WITF through a content-sharing partnership with the York Daily Record.

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