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Summerdale tract could be developed

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services may sell 48 acres near Summerdale to clear the way for the development of a mixed-use business park.

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services may sell 48 acres near Summerdale to clear the way for the development of a mixed-use business park.

East Pennsboro Township and the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority, also known as IDA, want to buy and develop the township property together, said Omar Shute, assistant secretary for the authority.

The township and IDA met this week to discuss the sale, said Andrew Giorgione, solicitor for the authority. A sticking point could be the relocation of a maintenance facility the state Department of Transportation has on the property.

PennDOT refused to move the facility two years ago, which caused Pittsburgh-based Crossgates Inc. to pull out of developing the parcel. Crossgates had hoped to develop a business park modeled after TecPort Business Center, a mixed-use park the development group is about to finish on 100 acres in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. The park features office space, restaurants, a car dealership and a hotel.

The Summerdale tract is near First and Valley streets, off Exit 65 of Interstate 81 in Cumberland County. PennDOT did not plan to sell the entire tract last year, Department of General Services Spokesman Ed Myslewicz said in 2006. The state hoped to sell 41 acres for development but wished to retain the remaining seven acres to keep the maintenance building on, Myslewicz said. Myslewicz could not be reached for comment.

Last year, DGS wanted about $3.1 million for the 41 acres, Myslewicz said at the time.

IDA chairman Ken Tuckey could not be reached for comment.

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