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Township approves first phase of Susquehanna Union Green

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A rendering of Susquehanna Union Green, a proposed mixed-use development at the corner of Progress Avenue and Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township.
A rendering of Susquehanna Union Green, a proposed mixed-use development at the corner of Progress Avenue and Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township. - (Photo / )

Susquehanna Township commissioners on Thursday approved an infrastructure plan for Susquehanna Union Green, the first phase of land development for the 59-acre mixed-use project.

Susquehanna Union Green, being developed by Vartan Group Inc., will feature a blend of residential and commercial buildings on a tract at the corner of Progress Avenue and Linglestown Road. 

With township approval in hand for the infrastructure plan, Vartan Group CEO H. Ralph Vartan said he hopes to be able to break ground this spring. Site work on the development could take about eight to 10 months.

The overall plan calls for 26 commercial and retail buildings, a 110-room hotel, a senior-living community with 240 apartments and 31 single-family homes.

In December, Dauphin County commissioners approved a $5.3 million loan from the county's infrastructure bank to support the site work.

The low-interest loan will cover road improvements in and around the site. They include widening portions of Linglestown and Progress, adding a traffic signal at the intersection of Progress and Garrison avenues, and making improvements at the intersection of Progress Avenue and Paxton Church Road.

Vartan also is developing parks and green spaces on the tract.

After the meeting Thursday, Vartan said land development plans for the second phase of the project are underway. He said those plans, which will include several buildings on the tract, could be submitted by April.

Under the five-phase master plan, more than two dozen commercial buildings will be erected along Progress Avenue and Linglestown Road. The hotel is planned for the center of the tract.

Retail and office buildings to be constructed in phases two and three of the project will total about 300,000 square feet.

The two residential phases of the project will take up the rear of the site.

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Jason Scott

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Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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