Public meetings on tap for redevelopment of former Lemoyne Middle School

The Real Estate Collaborative, a CAEDC subsidiary, has partnered with an Allentown company to redevelop the former Lemoyne Middle School in Cumberland County. Two public meetings will be held this summer to gather input for the project. - (Photo / File)

Two public meetings have been set and a community survey has been launched to help guide redevelopment of the former Lemoyne Middle School in Cumberland County.

The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. today announced that public meetings will be held July 16 and Aug. 20. The first meeting will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church on Herman Avenue in Lemoyne, while the second will be at the Cleve J. Fredericksen Library on North 19th Street in Camp Hill.

Both meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Real Estate Collaborative LLC, a subsidiary of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. (CAEDC), partnered with Allentown-based Forge Development Group to buy the former school from the West Shore School District.

CAEDC CEO Jonathan Bowser said in May that the owners are open to suggestions for how to redevelop the three-acre site. The zoning allows for commercial development in the front of the property and residential in the back.

Bowser has said he would love to see an adaptive reuse of the school, rather than demolition. However, he said the project still has to make economic sense.

Lancaster-based RGS Associates Inc. has been hired as the landscape architect and will lead the public meetings.

The community survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LemoyneMiddleSchool. A paper copy also can be filled out at the Lemoyne Borough Office.

Findings from the survey, which will be open through July 27, will be shared at the Aug. 20 meeting. CAEDC also expects to have a conceptual master plan available at that meeting.

Feedback from both meetings will be used to refine that plan. The goal would then be to obtain borough approvals for construction to begin sometime in 2019.

The district closed the school at the end of the 2012-13 school year in an effort to cut costs.

Jason Scott
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