Plans move forward for business center in downtown Lancaster

Yesterday, Lancaster City Alliance announced it is moving later this year to a new location — the same address where the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry is moving.

It is no accident that the organizations plan to share the same building.

It is part of an ongoing effort by the chamber to create a county-wide business center at 115 E. King St. in Lancaster City.

The business center is the product of collaboration among a handful of organizations. In addition to the alliance and the chamber, other tenants will include the Economic Development Co. of Lancaster County, EDC Finance Corp., Leadership Lancaster and the Lancaster County Business Group on Health, according to Allison Bucher, communications director for the chamber.

Bucher said the chamber expects to close on the building next month, and the move could happen as early as November.

The building on East King Street was built in 1972, and has been vacant since its most recent tenants, Engle-Hambright & Davies and EHD Advisory Services Inc., moved out in April 2015.

Anticipated renovations include updating the outside structure and windows, as well as remodeling the interior. Lancaster-based Warfel Construction will be the general contractor.

The chamber declined to share the expected cost of the project.

The move to East King Street is part of a larger initiative to restore that part of the city.

“What’s great about the chamber building is that it’s one of the last pieces of the puzzle to really bring that block fully to life and to reinforce that connection between downtown and the east side,” said Marshall Snively, executive vice president and COO of the alliance.

Editor’s note: This story has been modified from its original version.

Lenay Ruhl

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