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Lykens redevelopment project gets underway

$11M project is expected to be completed by summer 2017

Home Leasing LLC is developing the $11.4 million Union House Apartments, a historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse project in downtown Lykens. - (Photo / Submitted)

A historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse project will get underway this week in northern Dauphin County.

Rochester, N.Y.-based Home Leasing LLC will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its $11.4 million Union House Apartments project in Lykens.

The project at 600 Main St., the site of the former Lykens Hotel and adjacent Israel Building in downtown Lykens, has been in the works since 2011. The hotel is a four-story brick building totaling 25,368 square feet, while the Israel Building is a 13,085-square-foot, three-story building.

Home Leasing plans to create 28 apartments that will include a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units with monthly rents ranging from $632 to $899 per month. All utilities are included, plus there will be a community laundry room, central air, resident storage and a community room.

Four of the apartments will be handicapped accessible, and two will be adapted for individuals with hearing and visual impairments.

Construction is expected to be completed by next summer, officials said.

Last year, the project received low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

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