Historic Harrisburg office building sold by NAI CIR

An historic office building in Harrisburg that dates to 1887 has been sold by NAI CIR. 

The 7,886-square-foot three-story building is located at 401 N. 2nd St.  

It was sold to Harrisburg Heritage Coworking LLC via Ten-X Auction. According to an NAI CIR press release, the building will be positioned by the buyer as an office property for lease. 

Located within two blocks of the Harrisburg Capital Complex, the building is accessible from I-83 and situated near businesses, government offices, and restaurants. It received the 1986 Preservation Award and is part of the Historic Harrisburg Association.  

Based in Lemoyne, NAI CIR was founded in 1970 and bills itself as Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest exclusively commercial industrial real estate brokerage firm. The company is the Central Pennsylvania representative of NAI Global, an international organization of real estate professionals.

Traditions Bank plans to open new Lancaster bank

Lancaster County plans to open a second Traditions Bank. Subject to customary regulatory approvals, the location for the new 2,625-square-foot office will be 2160 State Road in East Hempfield Township. 

The anticipated opening for the full-service branch is 2023. It will mark the second Traditions Bank opening in Lancaster since April 2021. 

Traditions Bank is a subsidiary of Traditions Bancorp. It has seven full-service branch offices in the Lancaster, York, and Hanover areas, and a loan production office in Lemoyne. Its administrative headquarters are in York. 

“Twenty months after opening our first location, we are delighted that our customized financial solutions and culture of service have been welcomed and embraced,” shared CEO Eugene Draganosky said in a statement. “We look forward to further expanding our presence in this compelling market.” 

The State Road property sits approximately five miles from the Traditions Bank branch at 1687 Oregon Pike. The new building will be located next to Sheetz and across from the Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, situated between Harrisburg Pike and Route 283. Construction of the new building is expected to take six months, and a build-out of the branch is anticipated to require an additional six months. 

To lead expansion efforts into Lancaster, banking veteran Thomas J. Sposito II joined the Traditions Bank team in June 2020. He was named President of Traditions Bank in September 2022. 

“To be able to bring the values of a true community bank to the place I call home is a career dream,” said Sposito. “We are incredibly excited to grow our presence in the vibrant Lancaster community.” 

Tradition Bank’s Oregon Pike branch was opened by Lancaster banker Michael Frey. He was appointed president of the Lancaster Region and leader of its retail division across all markets in November 2022. 

“I’ve long admired Traditions Bank for its ability to stay true to its mission of helping friends and neighbors make their mark,” Frey said. “To watch that mission come to life in Lancaster over the past year-and-a-half has really been fulfilling. This new branch will only enhance our ability to deliver on our brand promise.” 

The State Road branch will employ universal retail bankers, commercial bankers, and residential mortgage lenders.

Pa. counties receive more than $1 million in Veterans’ Trust Fund awards

Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, and York are among the 14 Pennsylvania county veterans’ affairs offices and 34 charitable or veteran service organizations receiving grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), announced Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf. 

The VTF is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).  It is funded by voluntary $5 donations from Pennsylvanians applying for or renewing their driver’s license, photo ID, or a motor vehicle registration. The VTF also receives proceeds from private donations and the sale of Honoring Our Veterans and Honoring our Women Veterans license plates. 

Wolf said in a statement that the fund helps fill gaps in services to veterans that would otherwise go unfilled. 

“The county offices and civic organizations who receive these grants do incredible work supporting our veterans,” said Wolf. “They truly improve the lives of veterans, providing them with life-enhancing programs and services. Pennsylvania owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who contributes to this program, either as a donor or hard-working recipient.” 

A total of $1.35 million in grants was awarded, with $200,000 to county veterans affairs offices and $1.15 million to charitable or veteran service organizations. Grantees slated to receive funding identified more than $1 million in matching funds pledged toward grant-funded initiatives. Combined with the VTF grants, this will result in more than $2.4 million for veterans’ initiatives during the next two years. 

“As Pennsylvania’s biggest veteran advocate, the DMVA connects veterans to benefits that meet their daily needs,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Our goal is to reach every veteran in the commonwealth. The best way in obtaining that goal is by collaborating with other organizations to conduct our outreach campaign. 

“It is through this collaboration and these grants that veterans receive the help they need and earned by serving our nation. I would like to personally thanks all those that donate to ensure our veterans get the best we can give them.” 

Up to a total of $200,000 in grant funding was available for new, innovative, or expanded programs or services provided by county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The three areas of emphasis for grantees in this category were veterans’ outreach, veterans’ courts, and training and capacity building. The Berks County Office of Veterans Affairs received $20,000 to implement a county veterans temporary assistance grant program. 

The VTF grant also identified $1.15 million in funding available to veteran service organizations with 501(c)(19) status and non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for grants in this category were veterans’ employment and education, behavioral health initiatives, or other programs addressing newly identified, unmet or emerging needs of veterans and their families. 

Central Pennsylvania grantees, their specific award amounts, and their programs supported are as follows: 

  • Building Bridges Foundation at Anderson Farm, Conestoga (Lancaster County): $35,000 to provide interactive equine therapy to veterans 
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Harrisburg (Dauphin County): $50,000 to support the MilitaryShare program 
  • JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services, Lemoyne (Cumberland County): $50,000 to assist veterans with vocational, educational and job services 
  • Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Camp Hill (Cumberland County): $45,000 to provide financial assistance to veterans 
  • rabbitCARES, York (York County): $49,900 for transportation services to veterans 
  • Rodale Institute, Kutztown (Berks County): $50,000 to support the veteran farming training program 
  • Writeface, Conestoga (Lancaster County): $34,080 to provide therapeutic services to veterans.

Law firm moves, restaurant to open

A 6,688-square-foot office building on 1.2 acres at 3901 N. Front St., Susquehanna Township, sold to Freeburn Law. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Lemoyne-based real estate industrial brokerage firm NAI CIR announced the following recent transactions:

· The former Ted’s Bar & Grille, 103 W. Main St., Annville Township, sold to Pho Bar & Grille LLC. The 10,000-square-foot space will be converted into a pho restaurant. Nik Sgagias, of NAI CIR, represented the seller, and Faraz Cheema, of Coldwell Banker Realty, represented the buyer.

· A 6,688-square-foot office building on 1.2 acres at 3901 N. Front St., Susquehanna Township, sold to Freeburn Law. The firm, which has numerous office locations, will relocate its current Harrisburg office to Front Street. NAI CIR’s Nik Sgagias represented the seller, Mid Penn Bank, and NAI CIR’s Chris Wilsbach represented the buyer.

· A 6,000-square-foot retail space at 2771 Paxton St., Swatara Township, has been leased to 101 Distributers LLC, which will operate as a wholesale distributor of tobacco products, selling in bulk to local convenience and tobacco stores. Amber Corbo, of NAI CIR, represented the landlord, Mike Murphy Rentals, and Frank Messina, of JC Bar, represented the tenant.

· A 9,700-square-foot retail investment property at 5-15 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township, sold to local investor MOLT LLC. It consists of five suites, offering a multi-tenant redevelopment opportunity. NAI CIR’s Amber Corbo represented the seller and NAI CIR’s Nik Sgagias represented the buyer.

Lemoyne commercial property sells for $1.05 million

A 2.4-acre corner lot at 1005 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne, sold for $1.05 million to an undisclosed investor.

A release noted that the fully leased property includes three buildings – occupied by tenants Fisher Auto Parts, Hummel Auto Sales and Haas Printing Co. Inc. – and individual RV/boat lot storage.

Zoned general commercial, the tract is described by loopnet.com as having development potential.

Art Campbell and Larry Kostelac, of Campbell Commercial Real Estate Inc., represented the unidentified seller in the transaction.

Palmyra restaurant group buys TJ Rockwell’s 

TJ Rockwell’s in Mechanicsburg. PHOTO/PROVIDED

TJ Rockwell’s American Grille’s Mechanicsburg and Elizabethtown restaurants were recently purchased by the owners of Palmyra-based restaurant Funck’s. 

The restaurant’s 9,000-square-foot 896 West Grathem Road, Mechanicsburg location was sold to Grathem Road Enterprises and its 6,000-square-foot 800 Mount Gretna Road, Elizabethtown location was sold to Mount Gretna Road Enterprises.  

Both Grathem Road and Mount Gretna Road enterprises are owned by The Funck’s Restaurant Group. The group owns a number of restaurants including Funck’s Leola, Funck’s Palmyra and Funck’s Leola Dinner. 

In a Facebook post about the sale, Funck’s Restaurant Group welcomed the two restaurants to the Funck’s family. 

“We look forward to growing together and getting to know all our new friends and guests,” the group wrote.  

Nik Sgagias, of Lemoyne-based commercial industrial real estate firm, NAI CIR, handled the transactions. 

“Selling operating restaurants right now can be challenging, but the seller’s transparency and cooperation created the right foundation for this deal,” said Sgagias. “We found the perfect buyer with tremendous experience in the market.” 


Capstone Land acquires Lancaster title insurance company 

Capstone Land Transfer, a regional title insurance company in Lemoyne, has acquired competitor Lancaster-based Land Transfer Inc. Land Transfer will continue to operate under the same name at its North Duke Street location as part of the merger with Capstone. 

Capstone operates offices in Lemoyne, Maheim and Wyomissing. Its acquisition of Land Transfer will allow the company to expand its scope of business in Lancaster while building on Land Transfer’s historic success and expertise, the company wrote in a press release. 

Patti Connell, Land Transfer’s owner and operator, called the acquisition “a great blend of new software, young blood, and [as dynamic of a staff as] ourselves.” 

KBG Injury Law opens office in Lemoyne

KBG Injury Law opened an office in Lemoyne last month. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

Citing Cumberland County’s growing population, a York-based personal injury law firm opened an office in the West Shore.

KBG Injury Law’s newest office is at 717 Market St. in Lemoyne.

The new office will allow KBG to increase its client base with Cumberland County, the state’s fastest growing county, according to a press release.

“Our case work for clients in the Harrisburg region continues to rise,” Brian Strong, a managing partner at the law firm said in a written statement. “Adding a new office on the West Shore was a natural fit for the firm.”

KBG also has offices in Lancaster, Hanover and Gettysburg. The firm represents clients in cases related to vehicle crashes, traumatic brain injuries, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

The firm had a soft opening for the office in October and will be holding a formal grand opening on Nov. 26.

Veritiv to close Lemoyne warehouse

Veritiv Operating Company is closing its Lemoyne warehouse by the end of the year and plans to move a portion of the under 100 employees affected to its warehouse in Mechanicsburg.

The Atlanta-based business-to-business packaging company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, with the state Department of Labor & Industry this month, noting that it would be closing its 221 South 10th Street facility in Lemoyne by December 31.

The news comes shortly after Veritiv closed its janitorial and foodservice supply distribution service, Saalfeld, in September. Saalfeld sold supplies to smaller, U.S.-based re-sellers.

“After a thoughtful review of the Central Pennsylvania market, as well as our strategic decisions to put inventory closer to our customers and the discontinuation of the Saalfeld-branded channel, we intend to close our Lemoyne facility by the end of the year,” the company wrote in as statement.

The publicly traded company had not yet finalized the number of employees that would be losing their positions at the time of the notice, but wrote that warehouse workers, commercial truck drivers, forklift mechanics and inventory control coordinators that operated from the warehouse could be effected.

“We are still determining the number of employees expected to lose their positions,” the company wrote in the WARN announcement. “At this stage, several employees have applied for other positions at our Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania warehouse, but decisions about this position have not yet been finalized.

The inventory from the Lemoyne facility will be redistributed to the Mechanicsburg distribution center and Veritiv’s other warehouses, the company wrote in a statement.

The packaging company employs approximately 8,700 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and made more than $8.6 billion in revenue last year.

Veritiv expects to begin reducing positions at the Lemoyne site by the end of November.

Geisinger Holy Spirit moves, enlarges orthopedic clinic

Geisinger Holy Spirit Orthopaedics moved to a new 14,000 square foot building on the Geisinger Holy Spirit Campus last month. PHOTO/ SUBMITTED 

Geisinger doubled the size and staff of its Cumberland County orthopedic services after a $3.8 million move to a new facility on July 15.

Danville-based Geisinger Health System moved its Geisinger Holy Spirit Orthopaedics clinic in Lemoyne to the Geisinger Holy Spirit hospital campus in East Pennsboro Township last month after the clinic outgrew its former space.

The new clinic is located near Sprit Urgent Care on 429 N. 21st St. and has 21 treatment rooms, two imaging suites and a dedicated hand treatment room for a certified hand physical therapist.

“Every inch of our new 14,000-square-foot orthopedics clinic is designed to bring state-of-the-art, personalized orthopedics care to one of Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing regions,” said Dr. Michael Suk, chair of the Geisinger Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

The staff of the clinic has doubled with the move. It now consists of 50 people including physicians and advanced practitioners, according to Ashley Andyshak Hayes, media relations specialist for Holy Spirit.

New services at the clinic include podiatry, athletic training services and a physical medicine service line, which will be joining the clinic’s previous services, such as foot and ankle trauma and fracture care, sports medicine and joint replacements.

“Our new Camp Hill facility will allow Geisinger Holy Spirit Orthopaedics to continue to grow rapidly and provide personalized, state-of-the-art orthopedic care,” said Dr.Craig Fultz, medical director for Geisinger Holy Spirit Orthopaedics. “This clinic is closer to the emergency department, trauma center and operating rooms, making it more convenient for our patients and providers.”

The previous facility at 550 N. 12th St. in Lemoyne is slated to reopen this summer as a Geisinger Holy Spirit Neurology practice.