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Masonic Village’s plan to build 10 new villas on its Aleppo site moved forward with conditional approval from township commissioners.

“We have a growing wait list for villas and we are planning to meet the demand of individuals who want to be part of our campus and its amenities and want the peace of mind of having available health care in the future if they ever need it,” Masonic Villages spokeswoman Debra Davis said in an email. The nonprofit group is the charitable arm of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The Lancaster County-based nonprofit operates five retirement communities across Pennsylvania.

More than 500 people currently reside in the senior-citizen community in Aleppo.

“We received conditional use approval and are anticipating final plan approval in the next month,” Davis said.

At its June 18 meeting, the township commission unanimously approved three motions all related to Masonic Villages application to build the villas.

Matthew Doebler, president of Aleppo commissioners, described the villas as five separate buildings with a total of 10 dwelling units.

Masonic Village in Aleppo includes 228 retirement living apartments, 43 retirement living villas and 60 personal care residences.

“They meet the requirements,” Doebler said.

Earlier this year, Masonic Villages withdrew its request to build a children’s home on the 60-acre site after nearby township residents said the project would disrupt the residential neighborhood and lower property values. Residents also questioned the potential impact of additional staff parking and the number of buses that would be going back and forth from the children’s home.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at [email protected], 412-627-9423, or via Twitter at @41Suzanne.

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