Marquis development eyed as new school site

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In this concept art for the Marquis development, the area in dark green represents the 14.43 acres proposed for a school. (Courtesy of York County)
In this concept art for the Marquis development, the area in dark green represents the 14.43 acres proposed for a school. (Courtesy of York County)

Nearly 15 acres of land at the Marquis development could become the site of the next York County elementary school.

In a July update to York County government and schools officials, Marquis developer Shawn Todd committed to increasing the size of the land that would be proffered as a school site from seven to 14.43 acres.

The school is needed to address capacity concerns at Magruder and Yorktown elementary schools.

“We are very pleased with this latest development in our plans for the proposed elementary school,” said Victor Shandor, York County schools superintendent, in a statement. “This is a direct result of ongoing collaboration and communication between [County Administrator Neil] Morgan, county personnel and school division staff to ensure we select a site which will benefit our entire community for years to come.

“We look forward to the next steps in this important process to ensure we provide all York County students the best learning environments.”

In addition to the school, the revised master plan for Marquis, which is located near the Interstate 64 interchange with Route 60, includes a proposal for 600 apartment units and a maximum of 182 single-family homes. This plan eliminates 50 of the originally proposed apartment units, all 189 townhouses and an Economic Opportunity “hotel” site.

The zoning application, which includes the revised master plan and proffers, will be considered by the York County Planning Commission Sept. 14. If action is taken, the York County Board of Supervisors will consider the matter in October.