The long history of the property that was once the Abraham Spangler Farm and later the Gettysburg Country Club is taking a new direction with a proposed multi-building, multi-story apartment rental complex at 730 Chambersburg St., on the corner of Route 30 and Country Club Lane.
The plan for the Residence at Willoughby Run, proposed by Trone Rental Company of Hanover, would include 8 buildings, each between one and three stories high, across the entire property. The main entrance would be onto Country Club Lane.
The 14.5 acre property, which has recently hosted Sydney’s Restaurant as well as public swimming pools and tennis courts, was purchased in November 2020 by the Trone Family Trust for $800,000. The stone “lower clubhouse” still houses the Gettysburg Day Spa.
According to a document provided by the National Park Service, the parcel is significant to first day Gettysburg 1863 Civil War Battle action and is within the “legislated boundary” of the Gettysburg National Military Park. The NPS expressed concerns about fencing, retaining walls, light pollution, and storm water management.
The land use plan will be considered by the Cumberland Township Planning Commission at its July 14 meeting before going to the Board of Supervisors for discussion and potential approval.
The construction plans will be submitted later with the building permit application.