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Construction may start this spring on North Cornwall Commons

After years of delays, a developer on the North Cornwall Commons project in Lebanon County said he believes construction crews will break ground on the complex in the spring.

Richard Welkowitz, CEO of Blackford Development Ltd. and one of the partners in project developer Springwood Development Partners, said he believes this is the spring when construction will start on one of the biggest construction projects in the county’s history.

The ambitious mixed-use project will cost about $158 million at full build-out, Welkowitz said. It will include retail space, a hotel and townhouses all built over five years in five phases.

North Cornwall Commons is on both sides of Cornwall Road north of Rocherty Road, between Route 72 and the Lebanon Valley Expo Center.

The project has been in the works for about 10 years but has seen its share of stops and starts. Welkowitz previously thought construction would being in 2014, but it was delayed as it moved through the permitting process.

Springwood Development Partners is a partnership between Lancaster County-based companies Blackford and LMS Commercial Real Estate.

Michael Sadowski