Florida developer eyes 115-acre parcel in Cumberland County for new housing development


A Florida developer is considering part of a business park he owns in Hampden Township to build “a new traditional neighborhood.”

Berkley LLC, a subsidiary of Elysian Partners, which owns Cumberland Technology Park plans to build the “Village of Good Hope” on a 115-acre parcel located at the intersection of Good Hope Road and Technology Parkway.

But, before going to the township for approval, he plans to hold a community meeting to review initial design concepts for the proposed development. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 14 at the Hampden Township Fire Hall at 1200 Good Hope Road.

The meeting will be led by planners Dover, Kohl & Partners, who will present preliminary design ideas for the site which include a variety of housing types, green spaces, restored waterway areas, sidewalk systems and of connected trails and other amenities.

Kevin Brown, a partner at Elysian Partners, declined to give details of the plans at this time. But he said they will present the plans, including the visuals, at the meeting to see what community members think before moving forward.

The property is currently zoned “Office Park”. So, in addition to seeking approval for a land use plan, the property would also need to be rezoned for housing development. At this time, the township has not received a request to rezone the property or request a land development from the potential developer, according to Township Manager Keith Metts.

Hampden Township is not hosting or directly participating in the outreach meeting, but only providing meeting space, according to a post on the township’s website.

Residents with questions can email the developer at investigation@villageofgoodhope.com.

The Wertzville Road area where the Cumberland Technology Park is located has grown significantly in recent years. Major facilities like UPMC Pinnacle West Shore, Ortenzio Cancer Center, Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, Harmony at West Shore, Member 1st Federal Credit Union headquarters, and Giant and Weis grocery stores were built over the last years.

And with the larger facilities came many smaller businesses such as Tender Years Hampden, Burger King, Taco Bell and Tonino’s Pizza.

Belco Community Credit Union is also building a branch in the area, and UPMC purchased the building at 2020 Technology Drive, which housed PennLive for a decade, and said the building will serve as an outpatient medical office complex. The complex is expected to open later this year.

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