Kenhorst Has Plans For Thoroughfare

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United Stat...

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kenhorst‘s main thoroughfare, New Holland Road, is the land-use equivalent of a scrapbook page.

There’s a bit of everything peppered along the 1.2-mile stretch: a lot of homes, a shopping plaza, a few empty fields, a convenience store and even a couple of offices, beauty parlors and bars.

Kenhorst officials say they like having some variety. And, as they update the township’s zoning ordinance, they’re hoping to develop a new vision for New Holland Road.

They want the stretch to transform from a mostly residential area to become Kenhorst’s business center.

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Downtown Pittsburgh Stretch Of Penn Avenue Flourishes

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A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A two-block Downtown stretch of Penn Avenue is undergoing a mini-renaissance.

New stores are opening, at least three developers have plans to build more residential units, and one school just moved in and another is expanding — all in 800 and 900 blocks of Penn.

“It seems like all the little gaps are starting to get filled in now,” said John Valentine, executive director of the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corp.

The two blocks near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center weren’t shabby by any stretch, not with a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, the Penn Garrison and several bars and restaurants anchoring the area.

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Allentown Hockey Arena On Track To Rise In Fall With Pennsylvania Steel

English: City of Allentown from east side

English: City of Allentown from east side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Two major thumbs up for using anything made in Pennsylvania!!

Steel could begin rising at the site of Allentown’s arena in September.

The Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority signed off Tuesday on a down payment of $666,000 on structural steel from Erie-based Amthor Steel.

Depending on how quickly Vollers Excavating & Construction finishes carving out the base of the 8,500-seat arena, foundation work could begin before the end of the summer and the building’s steel skeleton could start to rise not long after Labor Day, said ACIDA Executive Director Scott Unger.

Vollers, which has been paid $1.5 million to date, must still complete the delicate work of digging out the foundation around the historic Dime Savings and Trust building, which will be integrated into the arena to serve partly as the ticket office, Unger said.

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Former Steudler Estate Prepped For Development

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 plans for the initial Lancaster County site for Patient First had been disclosed more than a year ago during hearings on the project before Manheim Township officials.

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