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Demolition expected to start Monday for Camp Hill redevelopment

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Pictured is an exterior rendering of Smith Land & Improvement Corp.'s Neighbors & Smith redevelopment project on Market Street in Camp Hill.
Pictured is an exterior rendering of Smith Land & Improvement Corp.'s Neighbors & Smith redevelopment project on Market Street in Camp Hill. - (Photo / )

The home of the former Nino's Bistro restaurant in Camp Hill will be razed beginning next week as a redevelopment project on the south side of the 1800 block of Market Street gets underway.

Developer Smith Land & Improvement Corp., which has its office across the street from the commercial project, dubbed Neighbors & Smith, said the plan is to start demolition of the former restaurant on Monday.

Smith Land acquired four connected commercial properties at 1801, 1845, 1847, and 1849 Market Street in December with plans to transform the block. The proposed redevelopment plan calls for about 40,000 square feet of retail and office space spread across two connected two-story buildings with ground-level retail.

The demolition is needed to make room for a new building that will eventually house active businesses. Those existing businesses — Little Black Dress, Body Logic, Underneath It All, One Good Woman, Sweet 504, Molly Bee Toys, Mitrani, and Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation — would move to the new building.

Just Plain Yoga Studio, another current tenant, is moving to the nearby West Shore Plaza, also owned by Smith Land.

Smith Land President and CEO Richard Jordan III said he expects the demolition and site work needed to support the redevelopment will take about two months. Site work includes parking lot improvements and building a stairway and elevator tower for improved access between the ground-level retailers and businesses on the Market Street level and second story of the new buildings.

Once the existing tenants are moved into the new space, other structures will be demolished and rebuilt during a second part of the project to tie in with the first phase.

Jordan said he hopes to have the first part of the project done by March or April of 2019. The second phase would immediately follow and could be done by September or October, Jordan said.

Smith Land will wait to sign leases with new tenants until it finalizes deals with existing businesses, he said.

"We've had a lot of interest," he said, citing mostly small local retailers. "It's a good luxury to have."

Jordan hopes to attract a mix of retail, office and restaurant tenants. He believes the entire project may support about 15 total tenants, but that number could change depending on the size of leases.

The developer is hoping to attract a restaurant, potentially a brewpub, to the corner of the site that abuts South 19th Street. Jordan is optimistic as interest in borough real estate grows.

NextHome Capital Realty, a residential real estate franchise, recently announced it will move into the former Mid Penn Bank building at 2101 Market St. Once it moves, NextHome will be just a few doors down from what could be a new Millworks brewery tasting room. A deal is pending to expand the Harrisburg brewery into Camp Hill in the former Creative Elegance Boutique.

"There is a lot of momentum right now in Camp Hill," Jordan said. 

Camp Hill-based By Design Consultants Inc. is the architect on the Neighbors & Smith project. Lancaster-based RGS Associates Inc. in the civil engineer and Harrisburg-based Pyramid Construction Services Inc. is the general contractor.

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Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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