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Royal Square tackles historic renovation in downtown York

The Rupp Building, located at 2 W. Main St., is undergoing renovations in hopes of finding tenants for the historic building. - (Photo / Emily Thurlow)

Another historic building in downtown York is undergoing renovations.

It is the Rupp Building, a landmark in downtown York.

Known for its green awnings, the six-story brick building sits on the southwest corner of Continental Square on 2 West Market St. It was built in 1892 by Daniel Rupp and designed by J.A. Dempwolf.

It was purchased in June for an undisclosed amount by The Rupp Building LLC, the building’s sixth owner since it opened in 1893. The newly formed LLC is comprised of Royal Square Development and Construction principals Josh Hankey and Dylan Bauer, and two York families that have asked to remain anonymous.

Royal Square has been hired to renovate the 23,436 square-foot building and clean its exterior. The third and fourth floors currently house personal injury law firm Dale E. Anstine. The first, second, fifth and sixth floors are vacant.

 

Emily Thurlow

The first floor was once home to Maple Donuts, a deli and Marcello’s Pizza, said Bauer, president of development at Royal Square. Maintenance on the building, however, has declined since those businesses left, and remediation is needed due to extensive water damage.

As it begins to stabilize the building, Royal Square is looking for new tenants and plans to transform spaces based on the interest of potential tenants.  

While the development firm has seen some success with its other revitalization projects, like one involving the former Weinbrom Jewelers building, others, like the former Post Office on South George Street, have not come together as smoothly.

Royal Square entered into a deal with the owner of the former York Post Office in May. The development firm sought a potential buyer with the intention of redeveloping the South George Street property. ROCK Commercial Real Estate LLC listed the property $1,795,000 in May. But Royal Square could not find a buyer and pulled out of the agreement.

Most recently, the company completed redevelopment of the Haines Building, located at 101 E. Market St. Tax preparation service H&R Block takes up the first floor of the four-story building, while the three floors above are home to 10 newly renovated apartments. Personal injury law firm Korey Leslie moved into the other first-floor office space on Monday.

Renovations to the 18,260 square-foot building totaled $2.3 million, said Bauer. Funding came, in part, from federal New Market Tax Credits.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments feature hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Rent ranges from $795 to $1,425, said Bauer.

 

Emily Thurlow
​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at [email protected].

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