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Home construction set to begin at Mechanicsburg development, brewery deal announced.

Byline: Jason Scott

After breaking ground last spring, Landmark Homes is gearing up for the first wave of construction this summer at its long-awaited Legacy Park development in Mechanicsburg.

Lancaster County-based Landmark is building the mixed-use development on 185 acres at the borough's edge on South Market Street, not far from Route 15 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The tract was known as the Hess Farm.

"We're looking to start the first set of units in June and we're hoping to possibly have some people move in this year," said Randy Brewbaker, community sales manager for Landmark, which opened a residential sales trailer last week at Legacy Park.

The company's plan for Legacy Park calls for 683 housing units, including 301 single-family homes, 216 apartments and 166 townhomes. Landmark also has set aside land for future expansion. The first phase will include single-family homes starting around $320,000 and townhomes that will start selling for around $250,000.

The project, which has been in the works for more than a decade, is ramping up at a time when buyer demand is high, especially in fast-growing Cumberland County, and the supply of existing homes for sale is shrinking. Landmark has been developing a plan for the site since 2013.

"We're getting a lot of positive feedback," Brewbaker said.

He said some of the attention has come because of recently announced plans by a well-known homebrewer to open a brewery in the commercial section of the development, known as Market Square. The brewer, Wolf Brewing Co., has said it plans to build a brewery and taproom in Legacy Park, with an opening possible by 2020.

Wolf Brewing has been active in homebrew and commercial competitions since its founding in 2011. The West Shore company, started by Mechanicsburg natives Derek and Elaine Wolf, has won 118 awards from all 50 states with 54 different beers, according to its website.

Joe Eisenhauer, land acquisition manager for Landmark, said an agreement with Wolf is still being finalized. But he said Wolf is the first tenant to commit to Market Square, which will feature about 47,000 square feet of commercial space along South Market Street.

"We are actively pursuing tenants," he said.

Eisenhauer said he expects as many as 13 commercial spaces will be available in the development, though the number could grow based on demand and if the planned spaces are divided into smaller storefronts. Wolf plans to build on a standalone pad site, he said.

He said the plan is to begin construction on Market Square this fall. Bennett Williams Realty has been hired to lease the commercial space.

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Author:Scott, Jason
Publication:Central Penn Business Journal
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Date:May 8, 2019
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