The Concord Township Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a controversial proposal to develop 230 acres of open space in Delaware County on Wednesday night.
The board considered the preliminary plans for Vineyard Commons, a housing development proposed for open space bordering First State National Historic Park.
Eastern States Development, of Wilmington, Del., and McKee-Concord Homes LP, of Springfield, plan to construct 163 houses on a 230-acre parcel being sold by Woodlawn Trustees, a nonprofit real estate company dedicated to preserving open space, orderly development and affordable housing.
The property is part of Beaver Valley, a scenic area straddling the Delaware and Pennsylvania borders. Thousands of acres in the valley were owned by Woodlawn, including 1,100 preserved by the national park. The region has served as a hotspot for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.