In just a handful of days, a landmark in downtown York, the Yorktowne Hotel, will close its doors for two years of renovations.
But Jack Kay and other members of the authority that own the hotel are well into their plans to unveil a new, improved Yorktowne when it opens back up in late 2018.
The York County Industrial Development Authority, meeting Tuesday, said it is planning to hire a York firm, Nutec Group, to handle the architectural and engineering design for the Yorktowne’s renovation.
As the hotel’s owner, the authority said it plans to name two Nutec affiliate companies, Nutec Design Associates Inc. and JDB Engineering Inc., both at 3687 Concord Road, York, in Springettsbury Township – for the Yorktowne project.
The authority is expected to officially approve a contract with the Nutec firms at its next meeting, on Dec. 6.
The two firms will work with a Maryland firm, BHC Architects LLP, on re-doing the Yorktowne.
Nutec Design Associates will provide the architectural design, structural and civil engineering services, while JDB will focus on the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design, IDA officials said.
Kay, chairman of the IDA, said he and other authority members are committed to the future of the Yorktowne, the 11-story, 121-room hotel on East Market Street that opened in 1925.
“It’s the community’s major gathering place for important events, and we want to deliver something that everyone can be proud of, and also really helps anchor downtown York,” Kay said following the IDA’s Tuesday morning meeting.
The IDA, which has been interviewing architectural firms interested in the hotel renovation for several months, bought the Yorktowne last December, and announced this fall it would close the historic hotel for the two-year series of renovations.
The planned renovation effort recently received a $10 million-dollar grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, covering roughly half the cost of the hotel project.
“It’s a thrill for us. The Yorktowne is such an iconic building for York, so it is an honor to be chosen for this next phase,” said Scott Butcher, vice president of JDB Engineering.
Nutec projects have included the adaptive re-use of the former York County Courthouse as the York County Administrative Center, and modernization of York’s former Bon-Ton Department Store as the York County Human Services Center.