James Rada Jr.
(3/1) A potential development west of
Emmitsburg could double the size of the town over the next 30 years or more.
During a workshop about Emmitsburg’s draft
comprehensive plan on Feb. 22, Andy Mackintosh with Mackintosh Realtor spoke
with the town planning and zoning commissioners about how a development he
would like to build could also benefit the town.
“We are trying to work with the town to
deal with the traffic problem,” Mackintosh said in an interview.
Mackintosh offered to build the proposed
parkway that would help take southbound traffic from Pennsylvania southwest
around Emmitsburg to South Seton Avenue. He estimated that the cost of
construction would be around $10 million for the parkway, which he projects
would be slightly longer than a mile.
“I can’t build the road first and not have
any houses,” Mackintosh said. “The road and the houses need to happen
Mackintosh has two pieces of property
totaling about 200 acres. The project involves properties known as the Frailey
and Keepers farms, bounded by Frailey and Annandale roads.
The property as medium-density residential
could have 5 to 10 houses per acre or roughly 1,000 to 2,000 houses total.
Mackintosh told the planning and zoning commission, he would expect the project
to have about 1,100-1,200 houses.
Chris Jakubiak, the town’s planning
consultant, told the commission, “If we do nothing, by 2008, we’ll have 1112
(households).” This means Mackintosh’s proposed development would double the
size of Emmitsburg over the next generation.
If 50 houses a year were constructed, this
would mean build-out of the development would take about 24 years. This does
not take into account the time needed to get to the construction phase.
“If everything went smoothly with no
hiccups, it would take 5-6 years before you would see a house,” Mackintosh
Mackintosh envisions the project having a
mix of condominiums, townhouses and single-family houses, but also commercial
uses. There might also be trails and parks.
“We could have a linear park along the
parkway,” Mackintosh said. “We could have a mountain bike trail with a bridge
over Toms Creek.”
He also suggested the stone house on the
property could be turned into a bed and breakfast and Emmitsburg’s Main Street
appearance could be carried through to the new development.
Mackintosh knows there will be some
opposition to his proposal, but he plans to hold a number of public meetings
with residents to hear their comments and concerns and discuss them.
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