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Developers of a proposed $3 million adoption center for nearly 60 dogs in Conoy Township have withdrawn their land development plan for a 17-acre tract along Route 441.

Eileen Mack submitted plans in late 2017 to build a 19,000-square-foot nonprofit facility called the Almost Home Dog Adoption Center at 2037 River Road, between Scuba Drive and Wickersham Road, near Bainbridge.

Although the Conoy Township Planning Commission recommended approval of the plan in December, supervisors delayed voting after some residents spoke out against it.

Neighbors opposing the plan listed noise and traffic as primary concerns. However, township officials noted that kennels are permitted in Conoy’s agriculture zone.

Nell McCormack Abom, spokeswoman for the project, confirmed Friday that the plan was withdrawn in an email to the Elizabethtown Advocate.

“Almost Home is evaluating other site opportunities in Conoy Township,” Abom said. “It is still the board's plan to locate the Dog Adoption Center in the township and to become a loving, safe, temporary home for dogs that have been surrendered by their owners in Lancaster County.”

Mack said in December that the center, designed to house up to 56 dogs, would be built to reduce noise by incorporating block walls, glass-enclosed rooms and soft lighting, creating a retreat-like environment for the dogs.

Township solicitor Matthew Creme told supervisors on Thursday that the group would need to start over if it wants to build at a different location.

Dan Robrish, Elizabethtown Advocate, contributed to this report.

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