Green light for Lime Spring
Green light for Lime Spring BY DAVID O'CONNOR, Staff Writer
The much-discussed Lime Spring community -- to include 200-plus homes and commercial and light-industrial space -- is moving forward in East Hempfield Township.
The township supervisors, after a 90-minute discussion this week of the multimillion-dollar project eyed for just west of Rohrerstown, gave developer Mike O'Brien the conditional use approval he needs to move forward with the plan.
Lime Spring would be built in three phases over the next eight to 10 years and could break ground by this fall, O'Brien and his development team have said.
"We're very pleased to have this first step completed," O'Brien said after the vote at Wednesday's supervisors' meeting.
"We know there are a few more approval processes to go through ... and we're looking forward to getting that started right away," he said.
The Lime Spring proposal now goes to the subdivision and land development stage.
The East Hempfield board also gave O'Brien approval to use less of the 65-acre site for commercial development than is required by township regulations.
East Hempfield normally would have required 20 percent of Lime Spring's property to be commercial.
But O'Brien asked for and received permission for only 13 percent, because there were "some market issues and some site features that made that (20 percent) more difficult to do," he said.
Wednesday's discussion on the Lime Spring plan again drew a large number of Rohrerstown residents.
Some in the village west of Lancaster have expressed concerns about traffic cutting through their community via a local street, Mayer Avenue, once the nearby Lime Spring community is built.
There was no vote and little discussion on the Mayer Avenue issue Wednesday, however.
Both the five East Hempfield supervisors and developer O'Brien have stated their willingness to take steps -- most likely, either by making Mayer a one-way street or by installing a gate that only fire or emergency crews could open -- to protect the picturesque older village from the extra traffic.
The new Lime Spring development is planned for south of Marietta Pike (Route 23) and east of Running Pump Road.
It is to include 238 housing units -- 180 apartment units, 42 single-family homes and 16 duplexes -- and 18,410 square feet of commercial space.
Now that the conditional use is approved, O'Brien's team will need to submit first a preliminary plan for the project, then final plans for each of the stages envisioned for coming years, East Hempfield officials have said.
nEast Hempfield grants conditional use approval for project of 200-plus homes, commercial and light-industrial space near Rohrerstown.