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Silver Spring's Eagles Crossing housing plan on hold

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Silver Spring Township supervisors told the developer of a 71-unit housing project Wednesday that more work needs to be done on the project.

The Eagles Crossing development is planned east of Rich Valley Road, north of Stonewall Drive, and south of Skyline Drive. It includes 18 single-family homes and 53 townhouses. Stormwater issues are most disconcerting, Supervisor Nancy Konhaus Griffie said.

The neighboring Bella Vista housing development, which sits above the current proposed development, has long had problems with stormwater, she said this morning.

"I'm a lifelong member of the township, and I know what the water coming off that mountain is like," she said. "It's unfortunate that it's zoned for housing because that's probably not the best use of that land."

The project was formerly known as the Hills of Silver Spring. The developer indicated a willingness to grant supervisors a time extension, Griffie said. Otherwise, a decision was required by the board's Feb. 12 meeting.

John Murphy of Alpha Consulting Engineers in New Cumberland is representing the developer. He did not return a phone call this morning.

Township officials have other concerns with Eagles Crossing, Griffie said. For one, it is proposed in a sinkhole area, which requires supervisors to grant a waiver.

Initial plans called for one road into the development, she added. The developer has since added a private road. Griffie called it an issue that supervisors may look at again, depending on input from emergency-services providers.

She was sympathetic to the developer, but said the board will take its time with the plan.

"I understand the guy owns the land and wants to make some money," Griffie said.

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