A 55-plus community developer has asked Warwick Township for conditional use approval of a plan to build 247 homes on a 60-acre lot adjacent to Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.
Nathan Jameson, director of operations for Traditions of America, estimated the cost of the community at $70 million and said Traditions hopes to begin building within two years if all goes well.
Traditions is based in Delaware County and has been developing retirement communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for 20 years. It has communities in the Silver Spring and Mount Joy areas, and Jameson noted that, after taking over the half-completed 242-home Mount Joy development in 2009, Traditions nearly tripled the volume of the prior builder and has only a handful of homes left there.
That demonstration of Lancaster County demand supported the Warwick Township project, Jameson said. Additionally, Traditions believes the area has attributes people will desire, including cultural offerings, access to medical care and, most of all, the property's location within half a mile of the Shoppes at Kissel Village.
The community's customized homes will be above $300,000, Jameson said, adding that residents of Traditions communities enjoy significant amenities, including a clubhouse, whirlpool, spa, fitness and business centers, three-season pool, walking trails and community garden.
"Historically, about 70 percent of our customers come from within about 10 miles," Jameson said, but "the Lancaster area in general is attractive to people from throughout the northeastern United States."