The next big midstate brewery? It could come out of Lower Allen TownshipRising Arcona neighborhood may be close to seeing widespread commercial activity
Twenty years from now, the next big regional craft brewery might have Lower Allen Township to thank for its launch pad.
Troegs Brewing Co., now one of the largest craft breweries in the country, got its start in Harrisburg in 1997 before moving to Derry Township in 2011.
Marketing efforts have scaled up to bring widespread commercial development to Arcona, a major mixed-use development being built by Charter Homes & Neighborhoods off Lisburn, Arcona and Rossmoyne roads in Lower Allen.
The roughly 270-acre community, which already has more than 100 homes and more than a handful of businesses in the Arcona Crossroads, is poised for a big mix of growth in the coming years. Not only will it eventually contain more than 1,000 homes, the Arcona neighborhood may soon see leases signed for various nonresidential uses.
That could include a brewery, restaurants, convenience stores and a pharmacy. The neighborhood has multiple pad sites and space for a strip center with drive-thru options available for retailers, as well as up to 60,000 square feet available for large footprint stores.
Arcona also has acreage dedicated to office users that may want new space on the West Shore and can't find the right fit in the nearby Rossmoyne Business Center.
East Pennsboro Township-based Landmark Commercial Realty is marketing about 40 acres for commercial uses at Arcona. Cygnet Properties, Charter's commercial real estate arm, is developing this part of Arcona, which could quick end up being the new go-to retail center for shops, services and dining in the Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg areas.
A closer look at some of Arcona's potential commercial spaces: