Fox Brooke development still pending in East Cocalico

By on January 21, 2015

It’s called a development, but progress has been slow when it comes to Fox Brooke, the proposed 89-acre community on Route 897 across from Rose Hill in East Cocalico Township.

At the Jan. 15 supervisors meeting, an attorney for Fox Brooke Investments LP, the developer, requested a 90-day extension until April 22 for action on the Fox Brooke Preliminary Subdivision and Land Development Plan. The supervisors approved the request.

The Fox Brooke development planned for this 89-acre site in East Cocalico Township is still in the planning stages after more than two years.

The Fox Brooke development planned for this 89-acre site in East Cocalico Township is still in the planning stages after more than two years.

That provides the developer with a new deadline for the “village overlay” concept of the site.

The plan includes 30 acres of open space with a central green area and pond as a focal point. Walking paths and benches, along with outside areas for eating and socializing enhance the development amenities, such as a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, coordinated street lights, and signage.

Architectural features mirroring those in historic Lancaster City will promote a sense of community identification and belonging, according to information promoting the development.

The “village overlay” concept achieves a “village” setting with a mix of housing, including singles, duplexes, and townhouses. Lots in a village overlay development are smaller and the fronts of buildings are closer to the sidewalk. Alleys in the rear of homes provide access and egress for garages.

A tree-lined boulevard entrance to the development is planned. Currently, there is no target date for completion.

In other business, supervisors acknowledged correspondence from Denver Borough and West Cocalico Township, each accepting one-fourth of the cost of an actuarial study to predict police health costs for retiring police officers. Each municipality’s fair share is $5,000.

Supervisor Alan Fry was thinking about summer as he reported the return of 17 lifeguards and manager to the Reamstown Community Pool. Interviews for pool personnel occur in early spring.

Good’s Disposal was approved as a 2015 trash and recyclable hauler. It is the largest hauler in the township.

Zoning Officer Tony Luongo reported on January activity to date and presented an activity summary for 2014. There were 13 false alarm violations in the first half of January.

Luongo noted the February zoning hearing board agenda items include owners of Procopio’s Pizza Restaurant request for several variances for expansion. Also, he said, additional testimony for The Fitness Farm, 243 E. Church St., will be heard. The facility is being constructed at the site of the former Steffy Concrete, 243 E. Church St., Reamstown.

Highlights for 2014 include 10 new, single family homes, 41 sheds, six in-ground pools, two above-ground pools and four new commercial structures.

Commercial growth included the following development: Dollar General Store at $594,323; New Truck Scale/Siding on Long Avenue at $195,000; cameras mounted on poles for the Pennsylvania Turnpike at $125,000, renovations for $1,950,000 and an accessory structure for $300,000. (All figure reflect general construction expenses.)

“We know the economy is still not good, but we’re seeing growth in East Cocalico,” said Luongo.

Roadmaster Ken Eshelman’s report highlighted zero work injuries for the year 2014.

“This is something of which to be very proud,” said Mark Hiester, township manager.

Supervisors granted permission for Cub Pack 60, sponsored by Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Denver, to hold its annual Cubmobile Race on Saturday, July 18, on Ebersole Road. Supervisor Fry, who also serves as cubmaster, shared highlights from this popular annual activity.

Chairman Doug Mackley reminded everyone that the Cocalico Regional Leaders meet Jan. 27 at West Cocalico and the regional police board meets Jan. 29 at East Cocalico. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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