The first quarter of the year is not quite complete and, already, Cranberry is on track to post a big a year in residential construction.
A new planned residential development -- the first to be proposed in a couple of years -- has the backing of township staff. Known as the Links of Cranberry, the PRD will bring nearly 300 new housing units to a tract at the corner of Freshcorn and Glen Eden roads.
The plan is to begin construction this summer. A PRD is the most common type of residential community in Cranberry. Its hallmark is a clustering of houses around parklets in a community with set development standards and conditions.
"This is the first PRD we've had in a while," said township planning director Ron Henshaw. "We're seeing a definite upswing in housing types, from single-family to apartments. This year, it's looking like we're getting a bigger swing that will increase our single-family stock."
The Links of Cranberry is to be built in two phases, the first being developed by Dan Ryan Home Builders of Pittsburgh and the second by Morgan Management of Rochester, N.Y.
The first phase will comprise 20 townhomes and 21 single-family homes. The second will be a development of eight apartment buildings, with a total of 252 units.
Mr. Henshaw said Cranberry's land development often shifts in emphasis, from commercial one year to residential another. Last year, the focus was on commercial development, he said. Some of that development capitalized on the township's newest zoning districts, which allow a mix of commercial and residential such that, though the development is primarily commercial, it would allow for several residential units -- apartments above a retail shop, for example -- within it.
Mr. Henshaw said the most recent PRD was the Mystic Ridge development by Singer Construction of Pittsburgh, a three-phase neighborhood at Ehrman and Garvin roads with 47 total single-family homes. Approval had been given for the project about five years ago with construction undertaken about two years ago.
Mr. Henshaw said indications are that residential growth this year will surpass that of 2012. Last year, building permits were issued for 84 single-family homes.
That compares to 75 in 2011, 69 in 2010, 49 in 2009 and 71 in 2008.
Cranberry's population continues to grow on average about 4 percent annually. About half of the land available for development within the 25-square-mile municipality is developed.
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