Update: A Hellam Township zoning hearing board meeting was delayed 30 minutes Tuesday night and moved to the township building garage to accommodate the crowd that showed up to hear the fate of the historic Mifflin House property.

A real estate firm looking to develop the the property was appealing an earlier decision that blocked demolition of the house.

No decision was made after several hours of discussion. The board asked for additional information and indicated it would make its decision at the next board meeting.

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Reported earlier: A real estate firm looking to develop the Mifflin House property in Hellam Township is appealing a decision to block destruction of the residence.

The appeal will be discussed at Tuesday's zoning hearing board meeting at the township building, according to the agenda for the meeting.


Hellam Township board of supervisors chairman Galen Weibley said in an email Thursday that the meeting will take place at the township building at 44 Walnut Springs Road, and that the public will be allowed to speak about the topic.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m.


The background: Zoning officer Rachel Vega denied Kinsley Equities II’s application for a permit to raze several buildings on the 9.9-acre property after looking through land subdivision plans from 1998 that indicate the buildings should remain intact.

On the 19-year-old plans for the property owned by the Blessing family, the words “existing farm complex to remain” appear over the Wright's Crossing property, which includes the Mifflin House and several barns and sheds located on Cool Springs Road in Hellam Township.

The property subdivision plan was approved by township officials and submitted to the York County Recorder of Deeds in November 1998, making the plan a legally binding document, Vega said.

Vega sent a letter to Kinsley Equities II on April 6 denying the company’s application to demolish structures on the property.

The company had planned to knock down a “handful” of buildings on the property, including a historic home with ties to the Underground Railroad, but keep a barn and several sheds, Vega said.

Weibley said in an email last month that the township intends to defend the earlier decision.

For more information on the meeting, check the agenda.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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