By Bill Bostic
By the slimmest of margins, a longtime country club on Linglestown Road is one step closer to growing homes and apartment buildings designed for seniors instead of grass.
Lower Paxton Township supervisors approved zoning changes Tuesday night for soon-to-be-closed Blue Ridge Country Club that were proposed by the landowner and developer, Lower Paxton-based Triple Crown Corporation (TCC). Board chairman Bill Hornung, Bill Hawk and Gary Crissman gave thumbs up, while Robin Lindsey and Bill Seeds cast no votes.
TCC has been working with township officials and meeting with the public for over a year to make adjustments to zoning regulations for a planned retirement-style, aging-in-place housing community. The company’s sketch plan (pictured above) includes four five-story luxury apartment buildings, town homes, detached single family homes, a commercial section along Linglestown Road, an assisted-living facility with a memory care unit, and a 30-acre public park.
The idea for the project came from the township supervisors as part of their effort to bring aging-in-place options to Lower Paxton.
The request to TCC came after township officials asked companies that have communities in the area for seniors to consider putting one in Lower Paxton. No one was interested, said Crissman.
The new wrinkle introduced Tuesday by TCC was a restrictive covenant that requires 75 percent of construction be housing, limits the number of dwelling units to a maximum of 370, requires the development plan be consistent with the concept plan (pictured above), and requires 30 acres be devoted to a public park.
“We wanted to provide a level of certainty that the plan that we’ve been presenting is the plan that would get implemented,” said Charlie Courtney, an attorney working with TCC.
TCC will begin to put together a full-blown development plan. Mark DiSanto, CEO of TCC, said it would take three to five months to get a plan ready to submit to the township for review. Once a plan is submitted, it normally takes several months of review by township officials prior to the supervisors getting the plan for final consideration.
If all goes well, a final vote on the plan could happen sometime in the second half of 2018.
Hornung, Crissman and Lindsey were disappointed that TCC plans to only include an assisted living facility but no skilled nursing care.
It’s possible that The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg could expand or the landowner for Sportsmen’s Golf Club could build senior nursing facility, said Hornung.
Crissman also called for the township and citizens to lobby the state for help with traffic congestion and dangerous intersections in the Route 39 corridor.
* CLICK HERE for a PennLive story and video about TCC’s planned project at Blue Ridge Country Club.
* Linglestown Gazette plans to hold a town hall in the near future for citizens who are interested in pestering state officials for Route 39 improvements. Watch this Facebook page for details.