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Porches of Allenberry

Mike Kennedy, owner of Allenberry Resort, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the neighborhood.

South Middleton Township entered into an intergovernmental agreement to assist Monroe Township with building inspections and related matters for the ongoing Porches at Allenberry development.

Groundbreaking took place in December 2018 for the development, which will comprise 128 single-family homes. Integrated Development Partners is building the development on a 57-acre parcel of land on the south side of Boiling Springs Road, just to the east of Allenberry Resort.

Local investor Mike Kennedy, who formed Integrated Development Partners in 2018 with Jonathan Bowser and Justin Kuhn, bought the Allenberry Resort and the land for Porches at Allenberry in 2016 from the historic resort’s founders, the Heinze family.

Integrated Development Partners worked with the township to finalize a deal in September 2017 for the South Middleton Authority, which provides water and sewer to both townships, to extend service to the Porches at Allenberry at the developer’s expense. The South Middleton Authority hookups were established in late 2018.

On Thursday night, the South Middleton Township supervisors approved an ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental agreement between South Middleton and Monroe townships concerning “uniform construction code, building permits and inspection procedures relative to … the Porches at Allenberry.”

The water and sewer connection agreement finalized between the townships in 2017 stipulated that both parties must enter an “intergovernmental cooperation agreement for delineating the rights among the townships with respect to building plan review and inspections for the Porches at Allenberry.”

In other words, Monroe Township staff will process applications for all building inspections within the development, while the inspections will be performed by South Middletown personnel. Monroe Township, in turn, will reimburse South Middleton for the costs of the inspections from collected fees.

South Middleton Township manager Cory Adams said the township’s fees for building inspections vary depending on the size of the building and other circumstances. A detailed fee schedule for municipal processes is available on the township’s website, www.smiddleton.com

South Middleton Supervisor Tom Faley said the new “win-win” agreement is necessary because Monroe, with a population of just 7,000, “doesn’t have the same resources we do.” South Middleton, with 15,200 residents, is “staffed deeper” than Monroe, Faley said.

“This is a wonderful example of two townships working together. They send in the application and we take it from there,” Faley said.

Monroe Township supervisors were expected finalize the same agreement on Thursday night, Adams said.

Night and Day

In other news, South Middleton Township supervisor Rick Reighard reported that the first National Night Out event held by the township on Tuesday night received “a great turnout.” The township conducted the inaugural event at Spring Meadows Park in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police.

“There were so many people there that the ice cream truck ran out of ice cream. Hope to do it again next year,” Reighard said.

Finally, Supervisor Duff Manweiler announced that Save the Lake will host its second Day at the Lake at Children’s Lake starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Kids Fishing Derby will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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