A multimillion-dollar construction project is set to replace the vacant fire station in Springettsbury Township and bring new life in the form of a shopping center.
The Firehouse Shoppes will start to take shape later this spring as Real Services in York knocks down the old Springetts Fire Company building at 3013 E. Market St. The contractor plans to put in two commercial buildings running perpendicular to the street, offering a total 15,680 square feet that will be home to seven retail locations, according to Chad Stine with Bennett Williams Realty.
The site has been vacant for less than a year, but the project has been in the works for nearly two years, Stine said. When developers purchased the property, it was just a matter of waiting for the fire officials to move to a new, $3 million station on Commons Drive, he said.
The new shopping center is in an ideal commercial location, Stine said, noting the 23,000 cars per day that travel that stretch of Route 462, as well as the 2,753 households located within the first mile.
John Woodward, president of Real Services, said construction will start in early May with the demolition of the old fire station. While York Area United Fire and Rescue services stripped the building of anything it wanted, some items will be recycled, Woodward said. That includes some of the steel inside the building, as well as cast iron that is mounted on the outside corners of the brick walls.
Woodward said Real Services has been working on most of the preliminary work for the past six months. He hopes to turn the space over to tenants in mid-November, with stores set to open in the first quarter of 2016.
Five of the seven retail locations have been leased, Stine said. The only two tenants named so far are Heartland Dental, based in Illinois, and AT&T.
The two remaining storefronts offer 2,114 and 2,256 square feet of space. Stine believes the whole project could take about $5 million to $6 million to complete.
According to construction plans, the parking lot will have about 90 spaces. It also will include a main entrance for traffic traveling west on East Market Street and will share an existing access drive with Home Depot. The complex will share connecting access with the nearby Wal-Mart Supercenter.