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$158M development begins to take shape in Lebanon County

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A retail strip center is beginning to take shape as part of the mixed-use North Cornwall Commons project in Lebanon County.
A retail strip center is beginning to take shape as part of the mixed-use North Cornwall Commons project in Lebanon County. - (Photo / )

A coffee house is the first confirmed tenant for a new retail strip center that is under construction in the mixed-use North Cornwall Commons development in Lebanon County.

Ancestor Coffee House & Crepery will occupy about 1,500 square feet in the 10,000-square-foot retail center, according to Lemoyne-based Campbell Commercial Real Estate Inc., the listing agent. The center is part of the first phase at North Cornwall Commons, a $158 million town center project at Cornwall and Rocherty roads in North Cornwall Township.

Lancaster County-based Blackford Development Ltd. and Cornwall-based Byler Holdings LLC are developing the 148-acre project, which broke ground last year.

Campbell's Larry Kostelac said the shell of the retail center is expected to be done by the end of the year. Tenant fit-out will follow and the coffee house could be open by spring. Ancestor is locally owned by father and son Rick and Ryan Stammel, who will be joined in the business by other members of the Stammel family.

The retail center could house up to six tenants, Kostelac said, though no other deals have been finalized. There is interest from a pizza shop, physical therapy group and a small fitness business, he said.

In addition to the retail construction, the first phase of the North Cornwall Commons development will include a 100-room hotel, two freestanding restaurants and two other pads that could be used for retail, office or commercial buildings. There are five phases overall.

Also under construction at the site is a 160-unit townhome community. Manheim Township-based Kenneth Homes is building that section of the development, known as phase 1(A).

As the development begins to come to life, Campbell has started marketing the second phase, which calls for 11 office parcels. Kostelac said the goal is to start on one of the office buildings by next summer, as Campbell is currently negotiating with possible tenants.

Future phases of North Cornwall Commons are slated to include a mix of retail, industrial and multi-use buildings.

When completed, the development is expected to span both sides of Cornwall Road and add new buildings totaling about 500,000 square feet overall.

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