Lancaster County Gets Nordstrom’s East Coast Fulfillment Center With $79M Investment, 400 Jobs

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

Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that Nordstrom will establish the operations of its East Coast online fulfillment center in West Donegal Township, creating 369 full-time jobs.

“Today’s announcement continues Pennsylvania’s steady economic progress with another company expanding and more jobs for our citizens,” said Corbett, in a prepared statement.

“It’s a testament to why Pennsylvania is built to advance — our keystone location, our talented and hardworking people — all contributed to Nordstrom bringing hundreds of new jobs to Lancaster County.”

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Urban Outfitters Adding 2,500 Jobs In Region

English: The Urban Outfitters store in Union S...

English: The Urban Outfitters store in Union Square, San Francisco. Español: El Urban Outfitters tienda en Union Square de San Francisco. Français : Le magasin Urban Outfitters à Union Square, San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Urban Outfitters, the iconic purveyor of hip clothing and housewares, is expanding its Philadelphia headquarters and adding a mail-order facility in Lancaster County.

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.


West Donegal Site Competes For $150 Million Project

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

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.

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Former Steudler Estate Prepped For Development

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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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America’s Most Livable City, 100 Years In The Making

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 Approves Rezoning Of Former YMCA Site

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

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.

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Perdue Reveals Plan For Soybean Plant In Conoy Township

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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.

But official township review of the plant will be less extensive than previous efforts to build on the 57-acre parcel next to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management’s waste-to-energy plant.

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.

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