Planned Manchester Twp. sports complex moving ahead

Jason Addy

A York County real estate development firm is moving forward with its plan to open a “high-class” sports complex after receiving zoning approval from Manchester Township officials last month.

Rutter Properties LP was granted a special exception by the Manchester Township Zoning Hearing Board in March, and the company is now working on land development plans to provide to the township, said Chad Rutter of Rutter Properties.

A rendering of the proposed YARD Sports Complex on Susquehanna Trail in Manchester Township created by Claris Construction of Newtown, Connecticut.

As part of the land development planning phase, developers will  conduct a traffic impact study, Rutter said.

The company has proposed a 112,200-square-foot community commercial sports complex to be built on an 18.5 acre site on the west side of the 2200 block of Susquehanna Trail, between Lightner Road and Village Way in Manchester Township.

The proposed YARD Sports Complex would include a 75-foot-tall dome that would house an indoor sports field for softball, baseball and football, as well as various courts for basketball and volleyball, among other sports, according to a township zoning hearing application filed by Site Design Concepts on behalf of Rutter Properties.

Outside the approximately 90,000-square-foot dome will be a building to house some of the auxiliary requirements for the dome, including restrooms, meeting rooms and office space, Rutter said. It will feature an additional sports field.

Rutter said the development project will focus on the indoor sports complex, and developers are trying to build the best facility to incorporate numerous sports for residents.

“We’re excited by the possibility of bringing a high-class indoor sports facility to York County,” Rutter said.

Though several other indoor sports facilities exist in the county, Rutter said many residents do not have easy access to them.

The company will have until early September to submit its land development plans for review by the township’s planning commission, according to Manchester Township zoning regulations.