Lancaster City Adaptive Reuse Project Will Turn Former Factory Building Into Apartments

A factory building on North Mulberry Street in Lancaster will hopefully be turned into 27 apartments.  The building, most recently the home of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lancaster, was purchased by a holding company owned by Sam Beiler (the former owner of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels) in January for $275,000.

Plans for a total renovation of the structure include a roof-top garden and patio. This is dependent on a structural analysis to determine if the roof could support the added weight.

The project has been approved by City Council and the Lancaster Historical Commission.

Ironing out parking, performing a structural analysis and a cost-benefit analysis are the next steps.  The building has been significantly damaged by a leaking roof.  The structural analysis results will determine if the project can move forward.

The studio and one-bedroom apartments (600 – 800 square feet) will be marketed towards young professionals looking to live near downtown Lancaster, Lancaster General Hospital or Franklin & Marshall College.


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