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After years of planning and delay, ground has officially been broken on a housing development near the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs.

The first few houses of an anticipated 128-home tract are expected to be completed within the next few months, said Jonathan Bowser of Integrated Development Partners, the group behind the project.

Dubbed the Porches at Allenberry, the development will be built on a 57-acre parcel on the south side of Boiling Springs Road, just to the east of the Allenberry Resort.

The parcel was included in the sale of Allenberry, which local investor Mike Kennedy bought in 2016 from the historic resort’s founders, the Heinze family.

Earlier this year, Kennedy formed Integrated Development Partners with Bowser, former CEO of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, and civil engineer Justin Kuhn.

“It was a project that had been in the works, and been talked about by the Heinze family but they never moved forward with the project,” Bowser said. “One of the most attractive pieces of the property when Mike bought it was that it came with a 50-plus acre tract that was zoned residential.”

The Heinze family had submitted plans as far back as 2003, according to The Sentinel’s archives, for a subdivision that would be directly accessible to Allenberry, a countryside resort famous for its playhouse, restaurants, and fly fishing spots along the Yellow Breeches Creek.

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When Kennedy resumed the plans shortly after buying the properties, the major sticking issue was water access.

Surrounding residents objected to the idea of drilling individual wells on the site, fearing sinkholes and erosion, leading Kennedy to negotiate with South Middleton and Monroe Townships for an extension of public water lines to the development site.

In September of last year, a deal was finalized for the South Middleton Authority, which provides water and sewer to both townships, to extend service to the Porches at Allenberry at Kennedy’s expense.

The South Middleton Authority hookups are now complete, Bowser said, allowing the construction of the first few houses.

“There will be a few homes that we’ll build on spec to get the development started,” Bowser said. After that, homes will be built custom for buyers.

The original plan by the Heinze family was for an age 55-plus community, but Bowser said the current iteration of the project will not be age restricted and will likely be a broad demographic mix.

“It’s in Cumberland Valley School District, which is very attractive to families with young kids, but we also think it’ll be attractive to the over-55 and retirement folks as well,” Bowser said.

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Email Zack at zhoopes@cumberlink.com.

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