A longtime Lancaster County business has proposed a mixed-use development project for Manheim Township, joining two other projects already on the drawing board for the municipality.
The owners of family-owned supermarket Oregon Dairy pitched to the planning commission last week their plans to replace the existing supermarket and add a hotel, shops, offices and housing.
Oregon Dairy’s second generation of owners and operators – Vic, Rich, George, Willie and Curvin Hurst – plan to develop the project over the next five to 10 years, with construction to start in 2018 or 2019, per the township’s approval.
Oregon Dairy is located at 2900 Oregon Pike. The new development, Oregon Village, will occupy that land as well as property across the street.
The two parcels of land, totaling 75.2 acres, are already zoned for business development, according to Joel Young, a landscape architect at Manor Township-based Rettew Associates Inc.
Young has been working with the Hurst family on plans for the development since 2008.
Two parcels eyed
The first parcel of land, which currently houses the supermarket, is 48.5 acres.
The current 53,400-square-foot supermarket will be converted into a new 70,000-square-foot supermarket.
Oregon Dairy Restaurant will also be replaced and expanded from 235 seats to 250 seats. Plans for the restaurant include a banquet room with 450 seats. Above the restaurant will be 29 apartments, and below it will be parking for residents.
A barn that currently sits on the site will be converted into a mini-mart, to be named Oregon Dairy Express.
In addition to the store, restaurant and mini-mart, the development will also feature 60 apartments, eight duplexes, 28 townhouses, 45 single-family homes and 45 senior housing options.
The second parcel, sitting across the street, has been vacant for 27 years. That land is owned by two of the Hurst brothers, Rich and Vic, under a partnership called RV Holdings.
Plans for the parcel include 320 apartments and up to 30 townhouses, as well as offices, stores and a 120-room hotel with underground parking.
The new development will include outdoor amenities such as walking trails and a park.
Members of the Hurst family own the adjoining farmland at Oregon Dairy. Because it is zoned for agriculture, that land will not be developed.
There are several other mixed-use development project currently on the table for Manheim Township.
The High Companies, based in East Lampeter Township, is planning The Crossings at Conestoga. Slated for Harrisburg Pike across from Long’s Park, the development will include retail spaces, restaurants, a hotel and 258 upscale apartments.
The Shoppes at Belmont will be located on Fruitville Pike, and it will consist of retail space as well as 74 townhouses and 13 single-family homes. R.J. Waters & Associates Inc., a commercial real estate firm from Kennett Square, Chester County is developing the plan.
Oregon Village is the largest of the proposed projects.