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Official: Harley land could be more appealing after demolition

By , - Last modified: February 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

There could be more interest in redeveloping the Harley-Davidson Inc. properties in York County after buildings are demolished, said John D. Krout, the chairman of the York County Industrial Development Authority.

“The hope is that (the buildings) will not detract from the marketing efforts,” he said. “But we never know what someone is looking for in development prospects.”

The authority was soliciting redevelopment plans for the 58 acres of Harley’s West Campus in Spingettsbury Township, which includes the older factory where Harley makes its Touring line of motorcycles. Proposals were due by July 13, but no developers responded. The authority is buying the property for $500,000 and could take possession in 2011.

No one’s surprised the authority didn’t receive proposals given the sluggish real estate market, Krout said. However, the authority doesn’t plan to immediately solicit more proposals, he said.

The next step is for the demolition plan to be approved at the authority’s Sept. 7 meeting, he said.

Harley is in the process of renovating and expanding its newer plant on the hill above the West Campus. The changes to its facilities are part of a restructuring plan that included work force reductions. To keep the York County factory, Harley is cutting 1,000 workers there.

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