Public hearing to discuss sports complex in Manchester Township

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A major sports complex could be coming to York County.

At a public hearing Wednesday night, Manchester Township discussed what provisions would be worked into the ordinance.

If approved, there are five possible locations the sports complex could be built. The biggest location is at an empty lot along the 2300 block of Susquehanna Trail. There is a senior neighborhood next to it that has been around for more than 20 years.

“It’s well kept up, very quiet, very clean. Neighbors are very nice,” Nancy Shorts, a neighbor, said.

Word has spread that the empty lot next to the neighborhood could become an indoor/outdoor sports complex, similar to Spooky Nook in Lancaster County, but a lot smaller.

“It seems like it would break up this nice quiet community. It’s been that way with the church along side of that. And we kind of wish it wouldn’t be thought about,” Shorts said.

There are three big challenges for the developer.

“Whether they can meet the criteria of the zoning ordinance, which is what we’re talking about tonight. We have to meet storm water management, which is becoming a bigger problem than everyone anticipated. They have to meet sewage flows and traffic flows,” Stewart Olewiler, the Zoning and Planning Officer, said.

This complex could include indoor baseball, soccer, and lacrosse fields to name a few.

The board of supervisors could vote on those provisions at their next meeting on November 8th. If approved and plans move forward, the soonest they could start building the complex would be the end of 2017.

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