The expansion will ultimately mean an additional 2,000 jobs in the city and another 500 in Gap, according to Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitter’s founder and chief executive officer.
With a big economic fish eyeing a move to the Conewago Industrial Park, local officials are deploying tax incentives to help land it.
An unidentified company that might build a fulfillment center costing as much as $150 million and bringing “hundreds of jobs” to the area has put the West Donegal industrial park among its top possible locations.
To make the industrial park just west of Elizabethtown more attractive, school and township officials have agreed to ease taxes on any new construction on a 160-acre parcel of land.
The new facility, which might eventually comprise 1 million-square feet, could be the second large distribution center being considered for Lancaster County. Urban Outfitters is looking at a similar-sized center in Salisbury Township.
A redesigned street-level facade for the planned Fulton Bank expansion won approval and praise from members of Lancaster city’s Historical Commission this week.
But the eight-story office building project was not greeted as warmly by a dozen members of the public.
“Is there any way to make it look less like an eight-track player?” Marty Hulse, owner of Building Character, asked project architect Rick Beck.
Beck, of the Philadelphia firm Francis Cauffman, explained the contemporary office building draws from the mid-century modern style popular about 60 years ago. Large windows capping the building on the top two floors are a currently popular style of architecture, he said.
The city can add new trash receptacles, erect streetlights, replace park benches and make other investments in public spaces.
For private property, the city can cite the owners under the property maintenance code.
But for wholesale change, it usually must wait for a property to be so blighted that it can be condemned and seized.
Such actions usually are isolated and limited by funding constraints.
But now Lancaster is considering an approach that is both comprehensive and intensely focused.
As anyone who drives by the property could tell you, changes are happening at a former estate just off Oregon Pike near Lancaster Shopping Center.
A demolition crew recently cleared and leveled the 11-acre property at 1611 Oregon Pike.
Meanwhile, Richmond, Va.-based Patient First has announced it plans to open its new outpatient medical center in early 2013.
The large commercial building at 420 W. Grant St. has been reinvented in the past two years as the Wash House after the closure of EMJAY Display, a maker of point-of-purchase store displays.
The 14,000-square-foot building has become an incubator of small start-up businesses, including a construction company, two woodworkers and a ballroom dance studio.
Yet one thing was missing in the building’s renewal: city zoning approval.
On Monday, Mitchell Jureckson received a variance of required parking spaces and a special exception for a fitness studio from the Lancaster city Zoning Hearing Board for the Wash House.
More than six years ago Lancaster City Council gave its enthusiastic blessing to a plan to build a “meds & eds” campus on the former Armstrong World Industries site.
Council members voted to rezone 57 acres of the former flooring plant to allow the creation of athletic fields for Franklin & Marshall College and educational facilities for Lancaster General Hospital.
Now they being asked to rezone a long, narrow area that separates two sections of the college and completes the expanded tract for the $46 million project.
On Monday, Lancaster General Hospital formally asked council members to change the zoning designation for 28 acres of Norfolk Southern‘s Dillerville rail yard from “central manufacturing” to “mixed use.”
Editor’s note: Great article detailing the city of Lancaster’s revitalization!A century ago, downtown Lancaster was the economic and cultural center of Lancaster County. In 1910, the Red Rose City’s population of 47,000 represented 28% of the residents of the entire county, and all trolley lines led to Penn Square.Then Henry Ford’s Model T made cars affordable for everyone, and by 1938, Lancaster County’s trolleys had stopped running. The suburbs were growing, and Lancaster was beginning to feel the pain of changing demographics.As early as 1944, an investigation found that many of the city’s housing units were substandard, but that finding didn’t stop the population from peaking in 1950 at more than 63,000. By 1960, however, the number had dropped to 61,000, and two major events in the 1960s did great damage to the economy and to the spirit of downtown Lancaster.
Lancaster Laboratories is considering a multimillion-dollar expansion here that could create hundreds of jobs.
The company has submitted plans to Upper Leacock Township for a four-story, 77,000-square-foot addition.
The building would be constructed on the south campus of its 2425 New Holland Pike complex, at the corner of Geist Road.
Some 400 new parking spaces would be added, too, according to the Lancaster Labs plans.
Lancaster Labs won four variances for the project from the township Zoning Hearing Board on Monday all by 3-0 votes.
Representatives of Perdue AgriBusiness gave Conoy supervisors a preview Thursday of a $59 million soybean processing plant the company wants to build in the township.
The site along Route 441 has twice been considered for distilleries for corn ethanol fuel, but neither project came to fruition. Those projects were subject to conditional-use hearings, but review of the soybean plant will be less extensive because industrial zoning allows it as a permitted use on the property.