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Cumberland County looking to redevelop Enola House property

Cumberland County officials are considering ideas to redevelop the Enola House, a prime piece of historical property the county purchased several years ago.

Located near Route 11/15 and Interstate 81, the historic Longsdorf home is recognized as the childhood home of Enola Miller, the girl for whom the town of Enola was named.

Jonathan Bowser, CEO of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp., said possible plans for the land include a welcome center, residential housing and commercial space, including a hotel.

The Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority has owned the 49-acre site for several years. Area residents petitioned county officials to step in and save the property, which includes views of the Susquehanna River and the City of Harrisburg.

Development could bring 120 jobs, more than $1 million in tax revenue and nearly 500 construction jobs, Bowser said.

“The plan is to preserve the farmhouse on the site,” he added. “It would be a great gateway site into Cumberland County from Dauphin and Perry counties.”

More development details will be released in the coming months, officials said.

John Hilton

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