Then & Now: York’s Northwest Triangle Beginning To Take Shape

This aerial view shows York, Pa.’s, Northwest Triangle before site work cleared the Ohio Blenders silos and other buildings along Beaver Street. In recent months, the area in and around the redevelopment area has generated some news. A two-screen movie theater plans to move in. The Thos. Somerville Co. building, across from the stadium, is getting new tenants. York County Regional Charter School continues to add classes and a brand new playground. Also of interest: Map explains York, Pa.’s $50 million Northwest Triangle redevelopment area.

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New Market District Brand Unveiled Iin Downtown York

Elsie Smith has only called York home for a few years. But her short time here has been filled and fulfilled with the energy of downtown York.

Smith’s design was chosen by Downtown Inc as the new brand image of the Market District of downtown York.

After years of driving through York on her motorcycle, Smith was attracted to retire here by the architecture, industrial art focus and growing energy, she said.

Smith wanted to be in the middle of it all, so she bought a home on Market Street.

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Developer To Buy Former Harley-Davidson West Campus In York County

A developer has signed a sales agreement for Harley-Davidson‘s 58-acre west campus.

Earlier this month, the York County Industrial Development Authority approved the deal with Hillwood Development Company, a Texas-based venture chaired by Ross Perot Jr., the son of former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot.

“The IDA’s goal is to have jobs on that site and employment,” said Blanda Nace, senior manager of development for the York County Economic Alliance and project manager for the authority. “We aren’t real thrilled about it being a parking lot or a storage area.  We want real jobs created there. Hillwood recognizes that.  They have the same goals in mind … that’s part of the reason why they were selected.”

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Old Eagles Building Ready For New Life As Arts Center In York

Before any artists could move in, the decades-old paneling and drop ceilings definitely had to go.

“We kind of undid the  ’70s,” Blanda Nace said as he climbed a newly renovated staircase toward a giant rectangular room on the top floor. When the building belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, this was the “ritual room,” Nace said, smiling.

Someday soon, the York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) project manager is hoping the ritual room will be the site of education seminars, wedding receptions and community banquets — the cherry on top of a $2.5 million makeover for the downtown building.

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Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Supports Sustainable Cities Initiative

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce has joined in the fight to seePennsylvania’s third class cities get the financial tools needed to stave off fiscal insolvency.

The chamber recently announced its support of the Sustainable Cities Alliance. Comprised of other chambers and organizations, the alliance is focused on solutions to address pension and binding arbitration costs as well as economic development issues for the commonwealth’s 53 third class cities.

Last year, a white paper was produced that outlined the philosophies and goals of the alliance’s Sustainable Cities Initiative. Last month, a group of local leaders with the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities renewed the call for legislative action as a growing number of cities are edging closer to the commonwealth’s Act 47 program.

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$10 Million Redevelopment Project Slated For York

A $10 million redevelopment plan in York that has a direct link to Reading gained momentum on Wednesday with the purchase of a 47,000-square-foot building by a partnership that includes three members of the rock group Live and real estate developer Bill Hynes.

Think Spot Development of Lancaster, which includes Hynes and Live members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, bought the structure at 210-236 York St. in York from Molt LLC, according to Hynes.

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City of York Gets $5 Million Infrastructure Grant From PA

The City of York has received a $5 million grant that will allow the city to transform the existing City Hall, 50 West King St., into a modern police station.  The rest of the city administration, staff and mayor’s office will be moving into a new location at 101 S. George St., which the city purchased in March.

50 West King Street will get an $867,531 renovation to make the new police station modern and efficient.  Governor Corbett’s office is reviewing Ed Rendell’s 2010 grants to make sure they are good use of taxpayer money.  This has caused delays in the distribution of previously approved funds.

York City is working hard to reduce crime and create a more positive perception of the city.  A modern facility and better tools should help city police make more headway in the fight to curb crime.