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'Green' apartment complex nears approval in Cumberland County

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Summerbridge Green Community, a 298-unit apartment community in South Middleton Township, could be approved by supervisors at an upcoming meeting.

Supervisor Tom Faley said the project, which would generate 50 to 75 percent of its energy via solar, is on track for approval.

The plan by EarthNet Energy owner Brian McNew was granted preliminary approval in October. EarthNet is based in Chambersburg and installs solar conversion units for homes and businesses.

McNew has said construction would begin soon after final approval is in hand.

The development is proposed for the intersection of Marsh, Rockledge and Eastgate drives, which is zoned village-commercial. The township secured an agreement from McNew to install a traffic light at the intersection within 30 months of final approval, Faley said.

“We will be holding money in escrow in case something happens and it doesn’t go as well as they thought it would," Faley said.

McNew has talked of playgrounds, a walking trail and a community center as part of the plan, Faley said. The township is charging $1,000 per unit in recreation fees, he added.

The developer could not be reached for comment today.


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