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Renovations to close Yorktowne Hotel until 2018

The Yorktowne Hotel is scheduled to close Nov. 6 for renovations. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

The Yorktowne Hotel will close temporarily starting in early November as its new owners undertake work to upgrade the 90-year-old building in downtown York.

The Yorktowne is owned by the York County Industrial Development Authority, which paid $1.8 million for the landmark hotel earlier this year.

The 11-story, 121-room hotel will close Nov. 6 so that renovation work can begin, according to a statement from Jack Kay, chairman of the authority’s board.

“We have set ambitious goals and are developing exciting plans for the redevelopment of the hotel and we are committed to the objective of making the Yorktowne a place we can all take pride in as a major economic anchor of downtown York,” Kay said in the statement.

He added that efforts are in place to assist any events affected by the hotel’s closure.

The authority previously had announced a renovation budget of $20 million. Most of the space likely will remain in use as a hotel, but Kay in an interview late last year had discussed other ideas such as apartments, offices and even a rooftop bar.

“All of that is kind of in the mix. But our main goal is to keep it as a hub, an anchor, a destination,” Kay said in December 2015.

Mandy Arnold, a spokeswoman for the authority, said no additional details were available at this time, but said the hotel currently is expected to reopen in 2018.

Kay said, in his statement, “Over the next several weeks and months, we anticipate releasing additional information and announcements as our plans are put into motion and decisions are made for the Yorktowne’s future.”

Joel Berg
Joel Berg is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Born in Philadelphia, raised in Northern Virginia and now living in York, he's a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Maryland. Have a question or story idea? Email him at [email protected].

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