Developer tees up Pine housing development

CONTRIBUTEDThomas Construction Inc. is in the very early planning stages of building a development in Pine Township that will include lots for 99 single-family homes and seven condo buildings. They are in the process of buying the former Pine Grove Golf Course off of Diamond Road; the course closed earlier this year.

Thomas Construction Inc. has started plans to build a development in Pine Township for single-family homes and condos.

“We’re kind of aiming for an older market,” Doug Thomas, the company’s owner, said at Monday night’s township supervisors’ meeting.

Thomas and Devin Dunwoody, an engineer and project manager with the Pine Township-based business, presented “extremely preliminary” plans for the project.

The company is in the process of buying the former Pine Grove Golf Course, which closed earlier this year. It covers about 150 acres off of Diamond Road.

The development, which has yet to be named, will be built in three or four phases and feature 99 lots for single-family homes and seven, three-story condo buildings that will each house up to 12 units.

The housing will be priced “moderate to higher end,” and Thomas Construction is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Mercer County Conservation District.

They’ll have to have a zoning hearing to request a multi-family and residential designation, Thomas said. It’s currently zoned “rural residential.”

The development will make use of the existing golf course entrance, and a second one will be added to the northern end of the property.

The condo buildings will have parking garages that lead to the lobbies and elevators so that residents won’t have to go outside to reach their units, he said.

After the meeting, Dunwoody said that they would like to start the first phase next summer.

There is no public water or sewer on the property, so that would be added along with roads; people who buy the lots would build their own homes and connect to the utilities.

People seem to be interested in this kind of housing development, Thomas said, adding that there are a few similar properties in the area, but they’re smaller.

It’s too soon to determine what amenities will be available or what kinds of common areas will be built, the two men said.

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