Developer eyeing hotel, restaurant, office project in Lemoyne
After breaking ground at the end of last year on a new housing community near Allenberry Resort in Monroe Township, a Wormleysburg-based developer is eyeing a new commercial project a little closer to home.
Integrated Development Partners has crafted a concept plan for a 7.5-acre project it hopes to build along the Susquehanna River in Lemoyne.
Jonathan Bowser, a partner in Integrated Developent, said the plan calls for a three-story hotel and a mix of restaurant and office buildings off Lowther Street. It has not been submitted for borough approvals.
The parcel is on Susquehanna Court, next to the Attorney General's office.
"We liked it because it's right off Interstate 83 and not far from downtown Harrisburg with city views," Bowser said.
The developer is talking to multiple hotel developers and hopes to finalize an agreement soon to advance the project beyond the concept phase. Bowser said his company would like to submit land development plans to the borough this spring.
"We think we have a very viable plan with a hotel and office and restaurant uses," he said.
When his company initially targeted the site last fall, it had been pushing to build 90 high-end condominiums or apartments. But the site is zoned for office uses and a proposal to rezone it to include residential development was rejected by the borough planning commission in October.
So Integrated Development revamped the plan and is back with a new proposal.
It includes a hotel with 90 to 100 rooms, a nearly 19,000-square-foot strip of commercial buildings with office, personal service and restaurant uses and a 4,500-square-foot restaurant pad.
If the developer is able to land a hotel partner and get approvals, Bowser believes other tenants would trickle in over the next few years. He envisions a nice steakhouse, for example, overlooking the river and the capital city.
After securing approvals, Bowser said his company would likely sell off or structure ground leases with tenants to erect the buildings.
"We're more of the land developers," he said.