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.