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Reading Receives National Recognition for Complete Streets Policy

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The city of Reading was one of 16 U.S. cities recognized by Smart Growth America (SGA) recently for creating exemplary 'complete streets' policies in 2015.

'Complete streets' policies aim to accommodate all street users, whether they travel by car, bus, bicycle, or on foot, through design choices that clarify where everyone belongs. There's a gradation of complete street designs, from basic elements like sidewalks, crosswalks, and "Share the Road" markings, to more substantial features like physically separated lanes for transit vehicles and bicycles, or traffic signal priority for pedestrians and transit.

Reading was actually the first city to ever score a perfect 100 from SGA, which advocates for policies that promote traditional urban infill development over suburban land use planning.
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Reading's executive order also incorporates some non-transportation goals like green stormwater management, and makes aesthetics and placemaking a central focus. From the order:

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"Complete Streets are beautiful, interesting and comfortable places for people. The design of cities begins with the design of streets, as community places where people want to be. As part of Reading's public realm, streets shall be held to a higher standard for urban design at a human scale. Multi-modal accommodations and all City projects in the right-of-way shall be approached as opportunities to enhance the aesthetic qualities of Reading and its public realm through the thoughtful creation of place. Wherever feasible, streetscapes shall protect and include street trees and native plants, and incorporate landscape architecture, public art, pedestrian amenities and wayfinding signage, sidewalk cafes and street-facing retail, and/or other elements that enhance the attractiveness of Reading and foster healthy economic development."
Craig Peiffer, zoning administrator for the city of Reading, said the policy was created through an executive order by former Mayor Vaughn Spencer in August of 2015, as part of an overall strategy to improve the city's downtown business district. It continues to enjoy support from the new Mayor Wally Scott.
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They're also working with PennDOT to replace three state-owned bridges between Center City and West Reading, installing wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and protection from vehicle traffic. While some other cities sometimes report difficulty getting PennDOT to go along with changes to state routes that de-prioritize vehicle traffic, Peiffer said District 5 transportation planners were accommodating to a multi-modal approach.

"The only issue we ran into was that we didn't want to plan a bike lane on a bridge with no connection on either side, so we're going ahead with the bike lane on the bridge, and planning to install bike lanes on either side when we repave," he said.
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Quick update about what's going on in Lancaster. Details about the redevelopment of the Bulova building have finally been released.

http://lancasteronline.com/insider/b...0a842365d.html

Here are a few other large scale projects that have either been recently completed and or are in progress.

http://lancasteronline.com/business/...3e8b583b3.html

http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...f83f71d33.html

http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...e1fd368f3.html
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A new mixed use project eyed for Lancaster's eastern side.

East Walnut Street site eyed for $18M housing, offices, restaurant project

http://lancasteronline.com/insider/e...8e60bbd3b.html
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"Bulova redevelopment project wins backing of Lancaster Historical Commission"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...bff387c10ed.ht
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D&D Realty in Wilkes Barre is converting the old PNC Bank building downtown into rent/condos. Here's a link to the project (Riverview West):

https://www.riverviewwestwb.com/#home

And the company's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/DDrealtygroup/

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Some development news on Lancaster's west side.

"City Planning Commission's OK paves way for senior housing at Long Home site, if state tax credits come through"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...6acd09901.html
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"City Council OKs F&M visual arts center"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...1567690c1.html
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"Cargas Systems announced as anchor tenant for 101NQ project at Lancaster Square"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

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"Moments earlier, they had learned that Cargas Systems, a local business software and consulting company, will be 101NQ’s anchor tenant, moving more than 100 high-wage jobs to downtown Lancaster.

Cargas is the employee-owned firm’s chairman and CEO. He suggested up to 220 people could eventually work in the 25,400 square feet that Cargas Systems will occupy — about two-thirds of the leasable space on the third floor.

Martens also announced three retail tenants Friday: Domaci, which he described as “an eclectic furniture group out of Bethlehem”; Mayita’s Boutique, a Mount Joy fashion shop that will open its second location at 101NQ; and Starbucks, which will open a “flagship” coffee shop at the Queen and Orange corner.

Friday’s tenant announcements were “just a small sample,” and there will be many more in coming months, Martens said."
http://lancasteronline.com/business/...8e6b7a2fd.html
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"City Planning Commission approves Fulton Financial expansion on East King Street"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

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"Lancaster’s Planning Commission this week approved the $21 million headquarters expansion Fulton Financial intends to build at 23 E. King St.

The three-story, 60,000-square-foot project will take about a year, Terry Cain, Fulton’s corporate real estate manager, said.

Fulton, parent company of Fulton Bank, expects to get under way in the first quarter of 2018.

The new building is expected to house about 400 employees, including existing employees now housed in leased space and projected future hires, Cain said.

David Miller, project manager at Rettew, noted the future building will have a green roof covering nearly 80 percent of the footprint, and radiant heating in the perimeter sidewalks.

Green roofs conserve energy and reduce stormwater runoff, while the sidewalks’ radiant heating will prevent snow and ice accumulation in winter."
http://lancasteronline.com/business/...bc82d5c27.html
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"Tobacco Avenue project at Walnut and Plum intersection could break ground this year"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

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"The Lancaster City Planning Commission approved a final plan Wednesday for Tobacco Avenue, warmly praising the mixed-use development that two brothers are planning at the southwest corner of North Plum and East Walnut streets, across from the Lancaster Brewing Co.

The tentative schedule had called for the project to be completed in two phases starting early next year, but Patrick Egan told LNP Thursday the hope now is to break ground in early November.

Egan, founder of the security firms Select Security and Security Partners, is redeveloping the site with his brother, Peter, owner of the Caldwell, Heckles & Egan construction firm.

“We’re really going to make this corner look terrific,” he said.

Originally pegged at $18 million, the budget will probably be closer to $20 million, he said.

The project will enable Select Security to bring about 70 jobs back into the city, relocating employees who are now in suburban overflow space, he said.

That includes about 30 recent hires, an expansion needed to serve the 28,000 clients Select Security took on in June when it acquired the U.S. portfolio of Canadian firm AlarmForce. The deal nearly doubled Select Security’s customer base.

The resulting complex will include 76 market-rate apartments, a restaurant, and offices and operational space for Select Security and Security Partners."
http://lancasteronline.com/business/...d3f3a7fd8.html
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In lieu of Giant's recent decision to close Lancaster city's only supermarket, this is a major development for the eastern side of the city.

"'Brothers Food Max' grocery stores coming soon to former Lancaster Fleet building, Conestoga River Plaza"

TIM STUHLDREHER | Staff Writer LNP

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"It has taken awhile, but the east side of Lancaster will have a new supermarket early next year, said Adriano Gomez and his business partners.

At 14,000 square feet, it won’t be enormous, but Brothers Food Max at 625 E. Orange St. will be a full-service grocery with all the departments and offerings you’d expect, said Leonel Pena, one of Gomez’ sons.

The location will feature an on-site bakery, a deli, a meat and fish counter and a take-out restaurant, Pena said. There will be a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and “we’re going to have the space to carry organic produce,” he said.

On the shelves will be popular major brands, the Krasdale wholesaler brand and brands catering to Lancaster’s various cultures and ethnicities, he said. Consumers as diverse as Peruvians, Jamaicans and Vietnamese will be able to find familiar products, he said.

Construction, equipment and initial stocking will cost about $2.5 million at the Orange Street site, and about $1.2 million for Conestoga Plaza, Gomez said. Staff will be about 45 and 30 people, respectively, of whom about two-thirds will be full-time."
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The tower crane is up for the twelve story Marriott expansion in Lancaster. I will try and take a picture in a few weeks when I am back in town.
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The expansion of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster has broken ground.

"Quandel to lead $20M Thaddeus Stevens expansion"

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"Quandel Construction Group will serve as the general contractor for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology's planned $20 million expansion.

Stevens, a Lancaster-based technical college, announced plans for the 70,000-square-foot addition last December. The expansion will consist of two one-story buildings to be constructed at the site of a former National Guard armory on Chesapeake Street in southeast Lancaster City.

The state-owned college also has other locations around Lancaster, including its main campus at 750 E. King St.

When finished, the new buildings will serve as training spaces for the growing number of students entering Stevens' technology programs. Quandel expects to have one of the buildings ready for use by August 2018, and the second ready by December 2018."
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This seems like a missed opportunity for either Reading or Lancaster to have a division of a fortune 500 company construct a new office tower in their respective downtowns.

"UGI Utilities starts building $35M HQ near Denver, to bring 350 jobs."

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"UGI Utilities said Wednesday it has started construction of a new $35 million corporate headquarters in East Cocalico Township.

The new facility of 93,000 square feet, to replace its Reading facility, will bring 350 jobs to the township when it opens in late 2018.

On 32 acres at Route 222 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the headquarters will be near the Pepperidge Farm bakery.

As was previously reported, UGI Utilities asked the township, Cocalico School District and the county for a substantial break in the real estate taxes it would owe on the improvements to the site, saying the relief was needed to offset the cost of coping with engineering and environmental obstacles.

The three entities agreed to a 10-year, graduated tax schedule under the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA), saving the company a total of $4.0 million. UGI Utilities would pay $3.5 million over that period."
http://lancasteronline.com/business/...fcdb8db48.html

Last edited by mville1; Oct 18, 2017 at 8:36 PM. Reason: UGI Corp. is not constructing a new headquarters only their utilities division is.
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Franklin and Marshall's new football stadium is complete in the northwest section of Lancaster. Plans to relocate the remaining athletic facilities to the northeast side of campus north of Clipper Magazine Stadium are moving forward.

Meet Franklin & Marshall's new home for football and lacrosse, Shadek Stadium

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"The new Shadek Stadium will house the college's football team along with women's and men's lacrosse.

After hosting the first football game Saturday, the stadium will anchor an ambitious plan to eventually relocate all athletic fields onto the college's North Campus.

Someday there will be even more athletic facilities surrounding the stadium, college President Dan Porterfield told a crowd before he cut the field’s ribbon with Patty Epps, director of athletics and recreation. That means a new field hockey pitch with a new track, plus new spaces for baseball and softball, as well as all indoor sports.

The work could take up to 30 years, said Mickey Blymier, F&M's director of athletic communications.

Once that happens, he said, there has been discussion of adding an academic or an administrative building at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.

The college is redeveloping part of 77 acres near Clipper Magazine Stadium, replacing brick buildings that were formerly Armstrong World Industries and a Norfolk Southern rail yard."
http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...a7c89dc56.html

In other Franklin and Marshall news, the new Visual Arts Center on the south side of campus is now in litigation.

North Museum gets November court date in suit to stop construction of F&M College's visual arts center

JEFF HAWKES | LNP
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"North Museum will ask a judge next month to halt construction of a visual arts center at Franklin & Marshall College until its concerns about parking, jackhammer noise and demolition-related damage are addressed.

A day after Lancaster County Court granted an emergency motion temporarily halting the project, Senior Judge Joseph Madenspacher on Thursday scheduled a hearing for Nov. 13 and 14 to consider extending the injunction.

Madenspacher, however, modified the order to allow the college to continue obtaining permits, municipal approvals and bids from contractors. The museum did not object.

The college wants to start construction as early as January on the 35,000-square-foot Susan & Ben Winter Visual Arts Center next door to the 64-year-old North Museum of Nature and Science. It plans to demolish the Herman Arts Building to make way for the larger center.

The museum, which leases its building from the college, contends the college’s hidden motive is to repurpose the building, at College and Buchanan avenues, before the lease expires in 2025.

In a court filing, the museum said the college intends to create a construction environment “so impossible” for the museum to operate it will have to “relocate or close its doors altogether.”

The museum said it is concerned that the noise and vibrations from jackhammers could damage delicate artifacts and disrupt visitors’ enjoyment of its exhibits and shows, which include planetarium programs. The museum said it would lose significant revenue.

The museum also said its operations would be disrupted by the college’s plans to replace a boiler and rework electrical and natural gas connections to the building, forcing the museum to close for up to eight days.

The noise and potential loss of power could threaten the lives of the museum’s snakes, scorpions, tortoises and other animals on display, according to the museum.

The museum is also concerned about the loss of parking and access to a loading dock during construction.

It says the college’s construction plans violate the museum’s lease.

In a written statement, a F&M spokesman said the college is pleased with the amended court order and “will continue to work constructively with North Museum to address its concerns.”
http://lancasteronline.com/insider/n...d1e42bf29.html
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Downtown Lancaster’s progress persuades Strasburg businessman to invest $2.3M in city

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"When Jim Stermer noticed where downtown Lancaster is headed, he decided to jump aboard.

The Strasburg businessman recently bought downtown’s Coho Building, at 53-61 N. Duke St., for $2.3 million, courthouse records show.

Stermer, president and co-owner of Stermer Bros. Stoves & Spas, heard about the building last year from listing agents Rich Wolman and Deepa Balepur of Compass Real Estate.

“That building, in that location (across the street from the Lancaster County Courthouse), in a city that’s up and coming, I thought I ought to take a look at it,” said Stermer this week.

Stermer, 67, said he was convinced to buy the investment property — his first downtown — by reading in LNP about several major downtown economic-development projects.

Among them, he recalled, were the Lancaster Chamber’s relocation, the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square’s expansion, the Bulova building’s revitalization and Fulton Financial’s expansion.

“You see enough good things happening in Lancaster city and you think, ‘I want to be involved in that,’” said Stermer.

The Coho Building is three unified structures with sections dating to 1880. The multi-tenant building is about 95 percent occupied.

A four-story brick building of 51,000 square feet, it has about 10 office tenants and 100 employees, plus a top-floor apartment, 20 indoor parking spaces and 13 outdoor parking spaces."
http://lancasteronline.com/business/...41ad0e146.html
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Zagster 'bike it Lancaster' bike share program underway

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Just discovered this thread, nice to see someone had the idea to create a spot for all of these other interesting places in PA. A suggestion / request to improve this thread by updating the first post - the Scranton skyline image is a dead link, and, as frequent users may know (but visitors may not) there are dedicated development threads for Harrisburg and State College, with links that should be included on the list. Thanks!
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CRIZ fund used to underwrite downtown redevelopment increases.

Lancaster's CRIZ funding rises 6 percent to $3.75 million for 2017

TIM STUHLDREHER | LNP

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http://lancasteronline.com/news/loca...c295c3dfa.html
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Just discovered this thread, nice to see someone had the idea to create a spot for all of these other interesting places in PA. A suggestion / request to improve this thread by updating the first post - the Scranton skyline image is a dead link, and, as frequent users may know (but visitors may not) there are dedicated development threads for Harrisburg and State College, with links that should be included on the list. Thanks!
Yes! It would be nice to have Harrisburg's thread either stickied?? to the top of the page or have a direct link to it like Philadelphia's P&C thread.
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