Rental housing gets big boost in Lancaster as projects move forward

Paula Wolf//August 4, 2022

Rental housing gets big boost in Lancaster as projects move forward

Paula Wolf//August 4, 2022

Photo rendering of Queen Street Flats. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Two major construction projects that will add hundreds of units to Lancaster city’s rental housing stock celebrated milestones this week.

Queen Street Flats, a $100 million, mixed-use development in the former Lancaster Family YMCA property between the 500 blocks of North Queen and North Prince streets, held a groundbreaking Aug. 2.

That same day, Landis Place on King, a $28 million, seven-story, 114,000-square-foot apartment building at 239 W. King St., hosted a “topping out” ceremony to mark the final structural beam being put into place.

Exton-based Hankin Group is partnering with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to develop Queen Street Flats, which will include a four-story apartment building; a five-story apartment building; a three-story medical office building; first-floor retail/restaurant space; and a 440-space parking garage.

The work should take two years to complete, with the medical building expected to open in 18 months, LNP|LancasterOnline reported.

There will be 244 rental units total, and the offices will house LG Health’s Urgent Care Duke Street, Family Medicine Manor Ridge and Family Medicine Red Rose practices, all of which will relocate.

“Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is committed to making Lancaster the healthiest community possible, because Lancaster means the world to us,” CEO John J. Herman said at the groundbreaking, according to a release.

“In addition to enhancing access to health care services, Queen Street Flats will positively contribute to Lancaster’s capacity to provide quality residential options, conveniently located among the county’s urban core.”

Hankin Group President and CEO Bob Hankin added: “Queen Street Flats began with a vision from LG Health to transform this site into a holistic project that will encourage healthy lifestyles and energize the surrounding neighborhoods. We have jointly planned the redevelopment of this site into a mixed-use community that will incorporate pedestrian-friendly environments, beautiful streetscapes and creative architectural design.”

John Herman, CEO of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, speaks during the groundbreaking for Queen Street Flats. PHOTO/PROVIDED

The release noted Queen Street Flats is “the latest in a series of significant investments in Lancaster city,” which included partnering with government agencies, local businesses and other organizations to develop the Northwest Gateway and to open Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital.

Closer to Lancaster’s downtown, Landis Place on King – with 79 one- and two-bedroom apartments – is being developed by Landis Quality Living, an affiliate of Lititz-based Landis Communities.

It’s expected to open by the end of March 2023, according to OneUnitedLancaster.

Landis Communities’ home care and support services will be available to Landis Place on King residents who need help as they age in place.

Underwritten through a private fundraising drive, the City Vision Campaign, which has received more than $428,000 toward a $550,000 goal, eight of the apartments will be subsidized to make them affordable for low- to moderate-income renters. United Way of Lancaster County has also signed a lease for first-floor space in the building to house its free VITA tax preparation program.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer