The arrival of a new year often brings change, and change is surely coming to East Pennsboro Township.
At the Oct. 16, 2019 EPT Commissioners meeting, board members approved preliminary development plans for the 48-acre Summerdale Property at the juncture of 11-15, Valley Road, and First Street. Developers of the property, Metropolitan Builders, propose building 260 apartment units in 13 three-story buildings; seven multi-suite office buildings; a hotel; two restaurants; a bank; and a gas station-convenience store.
During the first phase of development, Metropolitan proposes relocating the historic Enola Miller House one-third mile uphill to the corner of Miller and First Streets. The Enola Miller House, homestead of Enola Miller, namesake of the village of Enola, has stood on its original site for at least 200 years and is now listed on the Cumberland County Register of Historic Places.
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However, Metropolitan has chosen to propose relocating the House to create a drainage pond for the residential and commercial development; not the only option. Development of the property promises eventual township tax revenue, but will also irreversibly alter the landscape and character of the village of Summerdale.
At the Dec. 18, 2019 EPT meeting, commissioners said they are unsure when Metropolitan will present their final development plan, but it will probably occur in March. A new president will be named and a new member will join the EPT Commissioners in January. These administrative changes could produce some fresh thinking among the commissioners.
The commissioners meet monthly, on the first and third Wednesday in the EP Municipal Building at 98 South Enola Drive, at 7 p.m. If you have thoughts on the impending development of the Summerdale Property, now is the time to attend, ask questions, and voice your opinion. In a few months, it will be too late.Barbara Gertzen