LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – H&K Group, the Skippack PA-based family of construction, mining and development companies that owns Pottstown Trap Rock Quarries at 394 N. Sanatoga Rd., has proposed to build a 643-unit residential community and combination hotel and water park resort on 653 acres of a former iron ore mine in Cornwall PA, about 6 miles south of Lebanon.
H&K officials have met during the past six weeks with groups of Cornwall officials and area residents about its plans, the most recent of which was held Monday (March 16, 2009), according to The Lebanon (PA) Daily News newspaper. The newspaper said its reporter and photographer were barred from attending that session.
Local homeowners at the meeting, however, said they were impressed not only by H&K’s presentation but its willingness to involve the project’s neighbors at its start. “I never saw a developer come to citizens and tell us what they were planning,” area resident Tom Sheridan told the newspaper. “They have departed from the traditional way of doing developments.”
Preliminary discussions indicate the project would be located at and around a 200-year-old iron ore mine that consists of both an open pit and shafts. Mining ended in 1972; the pit has since filled with water. Homes to be built there were said to vary in size and style from upscale single-family to shops topped by multiple-dwelling units. The four-story hotel and water park would contain 250 rooms and accommodate parking for 400 vehicles.
A letter from H&K representative Paul Callahan to nearby property owners, according to the newspaper, described the project as “another village, keeping the architecture similar to the historic buildings in Cornwall.”
H&K Group started as Haines And Kibblehouse Inc., a contractor and excavator in Worcester (PA) Township, in 1968, according to its website. It now consists of more than 80 related companies operating in four states. Its Materials Division alone includes the Sanatoga Road quarry and 27 others, two sand and gravel facilities, 20 asphalt plants, eight ready-mix concrete locations, and a concrete block manufacturing plant.