Former Senate Plaza filling up
A major mixed-use redevelopment project on the site of the former Senate Plaza building in East Pennsboro Township is expected to be full of tenants next year.
The former Senate Plaza building, off Erford Road, was demolished in spring 2017.
They include new retail buildings and a 40-unit apartment building. Up next is a Comfort Suites hotel, the final piece of the project. Construction on the hotel is expected to begin next summer and it is slated to open by spring 2020, said Triple Crown CEO Mark DiSanto.
Meanwhile, the rest of the site is starting to fill in with tenants.
Convenience-store chain Sheetz was first this past fall, followed recently by Starbucks.
Other commitments to the site for next year include local pizza chain Tonino's Pizza, a Greek restaurant called Olive Oil Co. & Grill, and First Watch, a fast-growing Florida-based restaurant chain serving breakfast, brunch and lunch.
In addition, there will be an Asian poke restaurant called Hawaiian Poke. Poke is a popular Hawaiian dish that incorporates cubed raw fish or other protein served over a bowl of rice with other seasonings and vegetables.
A Great Clips hair salon and a nail salon also are coming to the development.
"I think all of the retail will be done by June," DiSanto said, adding that he expects to sign another tenant this year for a final pad site.
Construction of the apartment building is wrapping up. Marketing for the units — 32 two-bedroom units and eight one-bedroom units — will begin in January. Occupancy is expected by the end of February, DiSanto said.
Rent for the apartments will range from about $1,200 per month up to around $1,700 per month. DiSanto said the apartments will be between 900 square feet and about 1,600 square feet, with high-end features including Nest smart thermostats and smartphone remote access features for tenants.
The developers are hoping to lease the apartments quickly, given the heavy commuter traffic around the site, which is near professional and medical offices, including the corporate headquarters for engineering firm Gannett Fleming and Geisinger Holy Spirit.