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55-plus community developer eyes Warwick Township

By - Last modified: January 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

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Traditions of America, which is seeking permission to build a 247-home 55+ community in Warwick Township,  allows residents to choose from a variety of customizable options, of which this single-family home is one. Submitted illustration
Traditions of America, which is seeking permission to build a 247-home 55+ community in Warwick Township, allows residents to choose from a variety of customizable options, of which this single-family home is one. Submitted illustration

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."

Jameson said area companies that Traditions has worked with on preliminary plans for the community include RGS Associates Inc., Rettew Associates Inc., Weber Surveyors Inc. and ARM Group Inc.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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