Susquehanna Union Green is a planned pedestrian-oriented town center and Traditional Neighborhood Development. It was envisioned to create a community focal point for Susquehanna Township, with a mix of public greens, commercial/retail spaces, a neighborhood grocery, a hotel, and homes and apartments.
A nod to history
The earliest known records indicate that the property was named “Union Green” after its initial conveyance by the proprietors of the Commonwealth in 1786. To honor this legacy, the historical name has been revived for the new community.
Collaborative approach to planning
Community dialogue has driven the planning process for Susquehanna Union Green. The development team, municipal leadership, and members of the community collaborated to create a master plan that expresses the values of the community and establishes a sense of place.
The result is a master plan with over 19 acres of green space (one-third of the overall site); 25 commercial/retail buildings; a hotel with 110 rooms; a senior-living community; and 40 single-family homes.
At the heart of Susquehanna Union Green is the Central Green. The Central Green will be the scene of lively community activity and programming, such as outdoor movies, yoga on the lawn, food truck festivals, and a pop-up winter village with an ice skating rink.
Development timeline and milestones
In 2017, Susquehanna Township enacted a new zoning district, titled Traditional Neighborhood Development, and rezoned this site to TND-1. The zoning district utilizes a Form-Based Code.
In 2019, the Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Final Subdivision & Land Development Plan for Phase I of Susquehanna Union Green.
Groundbreaking took place in November 2019 and the project is currently under construction.
A vital intersection
Located at the vital intersection of Linglestown Road and Progress Avenue in Susquehanna Township, the project site is an infill tract and developed on all sides. All utilities are available onsite via existing infrastructure. It is located on an existing CAT public transit route. It is not located in a floodplain. The artful site design makes use of the natural topography to protect ecologically sensitive areas.
The traffic volume is 20,000+ AADT on Linglestown Road (PA-39) and 13,500+ AADT on Progress Avenue (PA-3015).
|Demographics||1 Mile||3 Mile||5 Mile|
|Avg. Household Income||$104,355||$92,990||$69,934|
Vartan Group, Inc. is the developer. Key members of the design and construction team include LaQuatra Bonci Associates (landscape architecture), H.F. Lenz Company (site/civil engineering), LandStudies (landscape architecture and engineering), Traffic Planning and Design (transportation engineering), Tono Architects (architectural design guidelines), York Excavating Company (site construction), and Pepper Hamilton (legal consulting).
In the news:
“Susquehanna Township approves master plan for Vartan project,” Central Penn Business Journal, April 13, 2018.
“Vartan’s newly-named Susquehanna Union Green project enters land development phase,” Central Penn Business Journal, October 12, 2017.
“Mixed-use project in Susquehanna gets $5.3M county loan for infrastructure work,” Central Penn Business Journal, December 24, 2018.
Susquehanna Township > Traditional Neighborhood Development.