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United Disabilities pays $2.5M for East Hempfield building

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United Disabilities Services Foundation plans to move its corporate headquarters and several other services into a recently purchased building in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

The nonprofit bought the 31,000-square-foot building at 2270 Erin Court for $2.5 million. The organization plans to spend an additional $1 million in renovations before consolidating its corporate offices, warehouse and several other functions into the new facility.

The building has been vacant for six years and was last owned by Lancaster County. Keystone Custom Homes had expressed interest in the property in 2015 but opted against the purchase after realizing it would cost too much to adapt for its uses, LNP reported at the time.

The purchase marks the first time in United Disabilities Services' 52-year history that the organization has owned its main office building instead of renting.

"This move will allow us to house our current programs with room to grow and to expand and develop new programs to fill service gaps and assist more participants," United Disabilities Services CEO Bill Kepner said in a news release Friday.

United Disabilities Services provides in-home personal care and other support services to people with physical and mental disabilities. It has more than 5,000 clients throughout Pennsylvania.

About 100 employees will work at the new location, with another 240 continuing to work in service areas throughout the region. The organization expects to complete the move in early spring 2018.

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Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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