More housing is being directed to Penn Township.
Township Commissioners have approved Blackthorne Estates Phases VI-B and VII, which will add 77 townhouses to the luxury golf course community that has been in operation for more than 25 years.
The townhouses, to be built by Ryan Homes, will feature three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, two-car garages and open layouts, according to the builder’s website.
Home prices will start in the upper $200,000s. The mansion-style townhouses will be built on Blackthorne Drive.
Bill Roberts, director of community development for the township, said he thinks the area would benefit from the addition.
“There seems to be a demand for townhouses, quite honestly,” Roberts said. “Young couples love the mobility of not being tied to owning a home.”
The Blackthorne Estates plan was originally approved in 1993. Economic factors stalled the housing plan, which has been under construction since 1995.
The housing development includes single family homes, carriage homes, patio homes and townhouses.
Additionally, there is an Arnold Palmer Design Company golf course and golf club on the 315-acre property. The golf course remains a nine-hole feature. Township officials approved a rescheduling plan in 2014 that delayed completion of an 18-hole golf course until the start of the final phase of development, the Tribune-Review previously reported. The original plan called for the course to be completed with the clubhouse in the third phase.
The 18th tee box is next to the Phase VII townhouse site, with the green a few hundred yards near the clubhouse, according to the last revised master plan in 2019. This plan shows the reconfiguration of many existing holes as well as new ones developed to complete the course.
The construction schedule for the townhouses is unclear. A representative for Ryan Homes could not be reached for comment.
Roberts said Phases VI-B and VII are the final phases planned for Blackthorne Estates.
“We’re at the point now that we see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Roberts said.