Construction begins on third phase of Heritage Shores

By Lynn R. Parks

Construction has begun on the third phase at Heritage Shores, a golfing community in Bridgeville. A ground breaking for Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores was held last Thursday.

"This is a celebration of progress," said Dottie Harper, vice president of community development with Brookfield Residential, developer and owner of the community. The new phase will include a market space, a refurbished fitness and aquatic center, bocce courts and a new eight-course outdoor tennis facility – four courts, all lit, for pickleball and four courts, three lit and one not, for tennis. There will also be a new outdoor area for movie showings and musical performances.

Construction will take place around an expanded pond that will be located behind the current outdoor pool.

The Sugar Beet Market is expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend next year. The market will have food and retail spaces and will be the new home of the golf course's pro shop, now located in the fitness center. The space that the shop currently takes up, 1,000 square feet, will be renovated to be part of the fitness center.

Phase three will also include new single-family houses. Heritage Shores currently has nearly 400 single-family homes. When completely built out, it will have 1,857 homes.

At Eagle Springs, builders Brookfield Residential and Ryan Homes will offer new floor plans in addition to the ones that they offer now, including a small, 1,200-square foot home that they call the Cottage. Harper said that some land has been set aside for construction of condominiums, but whether and when that happens will depend on the market.

Construction could start as early as the end of next year on a restaurant on the edge of the new pond. Harper said that what kind of restaurant it will be and how many people it will seat have yet to be decided. But it will be open to the public.

Lois Hickey, who has lived in the development for about one year, attended the groundbreaking ceremony. She said that she is looking forward to the new amenities.

"We have a lot of walkers here," she said. "It will be nice to have someplace to walk to."

Dick Clingan, who moved there less than a year ago, said that the new features will enhance the community. "There has been some discussion of this new phase for some time and I'm glad to see it coming to fruition," he said.

Mary and Al Bowers agreed. In particular, they are looking forward to the enlarged aquatic and fitness center. The current facility gets very crowded, Mary Bowers said.

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