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Management company selected for Yorktowne Hotel

GF Management will oversee operations of now-closed hotel when it reopens in a year and a half

An operator has been named to run York’s now-closed Yorktowne Hotel when it reopens after renovations in late 2018 or early 2019.

Hospitality ownership and management company GF Management of Philadelphia, was chosen by the York County Industrial Development Authority, which owns the hotel, at its meeting Tuesday.

GF Management was selected to operate the historic York hotel and landmark from more than a dozen interested applicants.

“They offer the best combination of experience at managing hotels and also knowledge of York,” IDA chairman Jack Kay said. “We think they’re a great addition to our team.”
GF Management, founded in 1988, has operated over 500 hotels in 45 states. It now operates 86 hotels, including in Pennsylvania.

The Yorktowne, at 48 E. Market St., had closed in November for what its owners have said will be a two-year, $20 million renovation project. The IDA had bought the nearly century-old hotel for $1.8 million in late 2015.

“Our goal is to make this hotel the treasure that it once was and the landmark that it once was … and to make it a destination property that makes people want to come downtown,” said Andrew Tod, GF’s executive vice president.

His firm’s founder and CEO, Ken Kochenour, is a York native who went to York College, and Kochenour has been following the Yorktowne’s story in recent years, Tod said. 

The new hotel is likely to have 100 to 120 hotel rooms and 26 apartments, leaders in charge of the renovation have said.

York County-based Kinsley Construction Inc., which this spring was chosen as construction manager for the hotel renovation, is expected to name as many as 30 subcontractors for the project.

Final plans for what the renovated Yorktowne will look like have not been announced, and it is not known whether the reopened hotel will be an independent “boutique” hotel or will be connected to a national or international chain.

David O'Connor
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