MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – If you’ve driven along Rich Valley Road in Silver Spring Township lately, you may have noticed a lot of big houses popping up.
We know Cumberland County is one of the fastest growing counties in our state, but business really looks to be booming in the township.
Ken Miller has been living on Rich Valley Road since 1972.
“Sometimes I have flashbacks of what used to be,” Miller said. “There was an old limestone farmhouse, big bouquets of lilacs.”
Back then, it was called Rich Valley for its rich farm soil. Now, it looks rich for its golf course, 3,500 to 4,500 square-foot houses, and new home construction.
“This is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, and that has to do with the central location on the highway systems and then the job opportunities between transportation and health care,” Jeff Palm from the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce said.
In five years, the economic development corporation expects the township’s population to grow by 10 percent. Many of those people are moving from the big cities for lower cost of living.
“That also brings in more revenue for the area,” said Lisa Fox of FoxBuilt, which has built a number of houses in the area. “It helps build the school districts, which also helps the farmers.”
Miller says he gets it: all his kids and grandkids benefited from the good schools and highway access.
“But I have to wonder what’s going to happen 20, 30 years from now with traffic,” he said.
Developers tell us that you’ll see more houses popping up over the next couple of years and more growth throughout the township.