Update: 76-acre Oregon Village development gets Manheim Township's OK in 3-2 vote


After nearly three years, two proposals, a previous denial and more than a dozen hearings between them, a decision is forthcoming on Oregon Village, a 76-acre, two-site development proposal in Manheim Township.

Watch: Manheim Township commissioners to make decision on Oregon Village development [video]

Township commissioners Albert B. Kling, Donna E. DiMeo, David R. Heck, Samuel M. Mecum and Thomas G. O’Brien are expected to vote Monday on whether to grant conditional approval for the proposed mixed-use development spread across two sites on both sides of Route 272 (Oregon Pike).

In play are 554 housing units, a larger Oregon Dairy supermarket, a 120-room hotel, 300-person restaurant, a bank and retail stores, according to the proposal.

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The crowd gather during the public hearing on Oregon Village development at the township library in Manheim Township on Monday April 22, 2019.

All that would come with more than $6 million pledged by the Hurst brothers, owners of Oregon Village, for traffic improvements at and around the proposed development.

The hearing for this latest proposal was no quick process, stretching across five months and 10 well-attended meetings.

“I can say that no project has drawn this level of attention,” Heck, a seven-year member of the board, said in an email.

A previous Oregon Village proposal was rejected in early 2017 because the Hurst Family — who owns Oregon Dairy — was unable to acquire a 0.3-acre parcel of preserved farmland in order to build a lane as part of the project.

Critics say a decision to move forward with the project would have permanent, negative implications on existing residents in the village of Oregon, commuters on Route 272 and for the farmland that has defined Lancaster County for centuries.

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