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.
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.
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 City Council members Tuesday approved the rezoning of the former Lancaster Family YMCA site to allow for the construction of a new medical office building and parking garage.
Council members also began consideration of a bill that would take a portion of a parking lot by eminent domain as part of plans to expand City Hall.
The rezoning changes the former YMCA site at North Queen, East Frederick and North Prince streets from a residential designation to “hospital campus.”
Lancaster General Health, whose parking garage lies just across North Queen Street from the site, plans to construct a five-story, 175,000-square-foot administrative office building. Some 550 employees now working in rented space in Burle Business Park on New Holland Avenue would be shifted to the new building, hospital officials said.
A six-level, 632-space parking garage would be built adjacent to the office building, at Prince and Frederick streets, to serve the employees.
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.
Landis Communities and a Pittsburgh developer will convert a city warehouse into 36 loft apartments for active adults age 55 and older.
The project, announced Monday, will redevelop the former Radel & Stauffer location at 118 N. Water St., on the corner of West Marion Street.
Costing $8.9 million, Steeple View Lofts is scheduled to open in spring 2013.
An unidentified out-of-town firm will move into the former Windstream building near Schaum’s Corner, creating 300 to 400 white-collar jobs.
The mystery firm has agreed to lease the 4139 Oregon Pike building from a local real estate firm, Oak Tree Development.
Oak Tree, which bought the building in December for $5.9 million, intends to expand the 80,000-square-foot facility and add parking for the tenant.
Mike O’Brien, Oak Tree president, confirmed the lease Friday but declined to name the tenant, its type of business or its current location.
Andrew H. Martin has seen the rise in microbreweries in recent years.
Now he hopes to be a part of the next big wave: microspirits.
Martin, of East Orange Street, plans to convert a former three-story tobacco warehouse into the county’s first distillery since Prohibition.
And, within a year, he hopes to be reintroducing consumers to a product unseen here in nearly a century: locally made rye whiskey.
“It’s something I’ve been interested in for a while. I’ve been reading about it for a while,” said Martin, 34.
“Lancaster seems like a great place. The history of distilling is strong. It was destroyed with Prohibition, but I think it would come back.”
Sechan Electronics has received a contract worth up to $64.2 million to make a key electronics assembly used in high-tech military tracking systems.
The contract, which could run five years, calls for making signal data processors for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense said this week.
In the initial $13.8 million phase of the contract, Sechan will make 84 of the signal data processor assemblies by October 2016 for the Navy and Australia, the DOD said.