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Developer RSDC buys century-old building in York, weighs music venue, restaurant

York's RSDC has bought this downtown York building for possible future development. - (Photo / David O'Connor)

A venerable building on downtown York’s West Philadelphia Street that formerly was the Lighthouse Rescue Mission is being studied for use as a music venue, a restaurant or a brewery.

York City officials Wednesday approved the sale of the building, at 55 W. Philadelphia St. to a subsidiary of RSDC, the former Royal Square Development & Construction.

RSDC intends to study the former mission building, which is at the northeast corner of Philadelphia and Beaver streets, for possible use as a music venue, restaurant or brewery, RSDC president of development Dylan Bauer said Wednesday.

No final decision on the possible use has been made, he said.

The York City Redevelopment Authority agreed to sell the property to RSDC for $1, plus legal and settlement fees, yet to be determined.

But Bauer estimated it will cost $4.5 million to renovate the building, saying financing would come from a $2 million state grant, $2 million from community investors and $500,000 in historic tax credits.

The possible music operator is someone “who’s very involved in the music business” in Central Pennsylvania, but this would be their first venue in York County, Bauer said.

The music-venue possibility is the second one on the table in recent months for downtown York.

The owners of Fat Daddy’s Nightclub in suburban York announced possible plans this year for The Treasury, a nightclub and entertainment venue they want to open in the vacant Citizens Bank building in the city’s central square.

Matt and Sean Landis, of Fat Daddy’s, are studying the building for possible purchase from the York City Redevelopment Authority.

Earlier this year, meanwhile, RSDC bought the former Cobblestone’s bar and restaurant building on South George Street.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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