The COVID-19 pandemic might have slowed down business openings and construction but it certainly hasn’t stopped them.
A number of housing developments are planned in Harrisburg, Susquehanna Township, Hampden Township, East Pennsboro Township and throughout the midstate.
And stores including REI Co-op, PaulB Mechanicsburg, Five Below and TJ Maxx are all opening new locations in central Pennsylvania this year.
And three companies have plans to open multiple locations in the region: Shiny Shell CarWash, Xfinity and Pet Supplies Plus.
Other new locations include a childcare center, a hospital, newly built medical offices, a doggie daycare, restaurants, hotels, an indoor trampoline park and more.
The following businesses have opened or will open new locations in the midstate:
Shiny Shell CarWash
Three new Shiny Shell Carwash facilities are planned for the East Shore, and two other Shiny Shell Carwash facilities are planned for the West Shore. Salt Lake City-based Coldwater Car Wash Group plans to build one of the new facilities at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard location at 4636 Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township. The new facility will be located in the front of the property where The Meadows’ main facility is located. The owner plans to build an addition onto the clubhouse in the back of the property. There won’t be a drive-thru, but customers will be able to walk-up and place their orders. As for the batting cages, miniature golf course and arcade that are all located in the back of the property, they will all remain.
The Coldwater Car Wash Group also plans to open a Shiny Shell Carwash location in Lemoyne at the corner of Lowther and Third streets. Coldwater Car Wash Group also plans to open facilities at the intersection of Hogestown Road and the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township, on Linglestown Road and off of the Route 283 exit near Target.
Comcast has plans to open several Xfinity stores in the midstate. The first of the five stores opened in a 3,900-square-foot space along the Carlisle Pike, in front of the Kohl’s store, in Hampden Township in December. A store at Cedar Crest Square at 1792 Quentin Road in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County opened this month. The third store will open at the Hershey Square shopping center, between Char Koon and a state liquor store, in the former space of One Cup Joe at 1154 Mae St. in Derry Township in the second quarter of this year. In the Hanover area, an Xfinity store will open in the third quarter this year at the North Point Plaza in Penn Township, York County.
Pet Supplies Plus
Pet Supplies Plus offers a variety of pet care products, toys and pet food. The stores offers grooming services, veterinarian services and self-pet wash stations. Carry-out service in which employees can carry heavy items to the car for customers is also available. The company opened a new location in the West Shore Plaza shopping center at 1200 Market St. in Lemoyne.
The company announced it was opening six stores in the midstate:
- West Shore Plaza shopping center at 1200 Market St. in Lemoyne.
- 1024 Lititz Pike, Warwick Township, Lancaster County
- 624 Shrewsbury Commons Ave., Shrewsbury Township, York County
- 120 N. Reading Road, Ephrata, Lancaster County
- 2600 Willow Street Pike N ,West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County
- 172 Newberry Parkway, Newberry Township, York County
Blue Ridge Village
The mixed-use development on Linglestown Road includes residential, commercial and medical spaces. Future tenants include Orrstown Bank, a Penn State Health primary care medical practice and a senior living facility. More homes will be built at the development as well. Altogether, Blue Ridge Village is expected to have 108 single-family homes, 127 townhomes, 184 apartments and a community clubhouse. The development already includes CVS Pharmacy, Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, Great Clips, Tide Cleaners, AT&T, Lux Nails, houses and several apartment buildings.
U-Gro Learning Centres
Giant and U-Gro have plans for a new 15,000-square-foot childcare center in Middlesex Township. U-Gro Learning Centres will open the childcare center in the spring of 2022 on the Harrisburg Pike, next to The Giant Company’s headquarters, located at 1149 Harrisburg Pike. The center will have 10 classrooms, an 1,800 square-foot indoor play space and a 12,000 square-foot outdoor playground. It will serve up to 150 children daily through full-time and part-time programs for children ages six weeks to eight years.
Reserve at Summerdale
A new 46-acre development featuring 260 “luxury” apartment homes will be located at the corner of Routes 11/15 and Valley Road. The Reserve at Summerdale will feature one and two bedroom units. Each unit will have large floor plans with private entrances, modern finishes, fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, large bedrooms and a laundry room. The development will have a pool, fitness center, a club house and other amenities. Construction crews have already begun to clear the site. Apartments are expected to be available this fall.
The Reserve at Summerdale is the first project set to break ground at the site. But there are multiple lots available for development and East Pennsboro Township has approved the site for mixed-used development, which could include other uses for the property like restaurants, health care and retail.
A new UPS store is coming to Silver Spring Township. The store will open at 825 Hogestown Road, near the Tikka Shack. The store is expected to open between April and June.
Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center
The 300,000-square-foot hospital at Good Hope and Wertzville roads, just off Interstate 81, is on track to open later this year and will initially include 108 inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, image and lab services and medical and surgical capabilities. The health system also plans to build a 94,050-square-foot, three-story medical office building and a 114,400-square-foot, four level parking garage. Construction could begin as early as this fall on the parking garage and medical office building.
The hospital system also plans to construct three potential hospital additions completed by or before 2030 — a four-story, 45,634-square-foot building that would have 24 beds; a three-story, 57,381-square-foot building and a six-story 117,864-square-foot building that would have 120 beds.
Penn State Health – East Pennsboro Township
Penn State Health plans to build a new health practice on the Highmark corporate campus on Center Street in East Pennsboro Township.
Penn State Health – Upper Allen Township
Penn State Health plans to build a new 10,000-square-foot primary care facility in Upper Allen Township on Route 114/Market Street, near the Route 15 interchange, just south of Mechanicsburg.
Hampden Terminal Apartments
Three apartment buildings known as the Hampden Terminal Apartments, with a total of 120 apartments at 4444 Carlisle Pike, will be built behind the Hampden Terminal shopping complex on the previous site of a Mercedes dealership. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022. There will also be a fourth building that will have 4,500-square feet of commercial space. The uses of the commercial space are unknown at this time but could include retail.
Dogtopia, which offers dog daycare and boarding, plans to open at Hampden Centre in Hampden Township. No word when it will open.
Harrisburg Housing Authority
The authority plans to build a new affordable housing apartment building in Harrisburg near the Jackson and Lick apartment buildings in Harrisburg. The future five-story, 50-unit building will be a general occupancy housing facility and will have an underground parking garage. The building will have 77,114 square feet of space and will be built on a lot owned by the Harrisburg Housing authority along North Sixth Street in front of the Lick Tower.
Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities, a retirement living developer and operator has announced that it will build a multi-story, mixed-use tower slated for development at the 1.6 acre downtown site of the former LNP production facility at the northwest corner of the intersection of Queen and Vine streets. Willow Valley Communities’ 20-story tower structure will have 147 two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences and amenities for residents 55 and above –- as well as street-level restaurants and retail that will be open to the public. Willow Valley Communities plans to demolish and replace the existing LNP structures with new construction. The historic Jasper Yeates House at 24 S. Queen St. will be preserved and fully restored. Construction is expected to begin late next year.
The company, 15toKnow opened in a tent in the parking lot of the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township in January and offers COVID-19 testing. The drive-thru location is open by appointment only. The company’s name is based on how long it says it will take for people to receive the results.
Comfort Suites Camp Hill – Harrisburg West
The Comfort Suites Camp Hill – Harrisburg West opened at 100 Bar South Drive in East Pennsboro Township on Dec. 30. The hotel has 113 rooms, including 16 one-bedroom suites with a full kitchenette, meeting facilities and a fitness center. State College-based Hospitality Asset Management Company will provide daily operational management and oversight for the property.
Smith Farm Partners project
Work on a large mixed-use project that will include hundreds of housing units in South Middleton Township could begin as early as this summer. The Smith Farm Partners project will be located at the former Smith Farm at 481 S. Spring Garden St., right outside of Carlisle.
Plans for the 63-acre project call for two commercial lots – one suited for medical use — a two-story, 30,000-square-foot building and another lot for a 15,000-square-foot building.
Integrated Development Partners sold a lot to Safe Harbour to build a 50,000-square-foot building with 51 affordable housing units. Integrated Development Partners also sold a lot to a Maryland developer to build 22 apartment buildings with a total of 250 apartments. The apartments are expected to have a community garden, nature trails and a pool.
Integrated Development Partners plans to build 84 townhomes, with plans to begin construction next year and occupancy planned for late 2022 or early 2023. Integrated Development Partners also plans to have continuing care housing facility with 50 to 55 units. Carlisle United Methodist Church also purchased a part of the farm and built a 60,000-square-foot building on the former farm. The church opened last year.
The former home of Renova, HealthSouth and LifeCare near the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Bethany Village will soon have a new occupant. The BroadRock Group plans to open an alcohol and drug addiction inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center under the name, Lumos Recovery at the vacant property at 4950 Wilson Lane in Lower Allen Township.
Plans for the new warehouse at 2450 Gettysburg Road, Lower Allen Township, call for 45,000 square feet of space. Presbyterian Development is the owner of the property.
Terraces at Maplewood
Two hundred and thirty-six multi-family units are planned for a housing development in Susquehanna Township that will be built north of the intersection of Thea Drive and Elmwood Drive. The Terraces at Maplewood will be situated on a 24.8 acre property that will include both townhomes and apartment buildings. The development is an extension of the other Maplewood housing developments on Birchwood Circle and Oakwood Lane.
The apartment buildings will be located near Susquehanna Union Green, a large mixed-use project currently under construction. The plans for Terraces at Maplewood call for 90 apartments among five apartment buildings and 146 townhomes. A community clubhouse will be built in the middle of the development along Elmwood Drive.
This store opened at 427 N. Enola Road at the Summerdale Plaza shopping center, next to the PennDOT Driver’s License Center and near the Dollar Tree store. Family Dollar sells an assortment of items including household cleaners, food, health and beauty items, toys, apparel and more. Many of its items are $1 or less, and most items in the store are priced below $10.
LG Health Physicians Anesthesiology
Lancaster General Health Physicians has a new anesthesiology practice. LG Health Physicians Anesthesiology is located at 555 N. Duke St. in Lancaster. The practice employs 35 physicians and six certified registered nurse anesthetists, who were previously part of Anesthesia Associates of Lancaster. The practice opened on Jan. 4.
A uBreakiFix location has opened in Lancaster County. The electronics repair shop opened last month at 1939 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers and other items. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Stark Law Group
Attorney Eric Stark opened the Stark Law Group. The firm specializes in employment law and workers’ compensation. The firm handles workers’ compensation cases, wrongful termination matters, unemployment matters, employment disputes, non-compete agreements and employment contracts and more. The firm is located at 1370 Harrisburg Pike in Manheim Township.
Get Air Harrisburg
The indoor trampoline park is moving to the Paxton Towne Centre in Lower Paxton Township. The new location will be have 30,895 square feet of space and the new park will have trampolines, a kiddie court, dodgeball, a foam pit, slamball, a ninja course and other activities. The new larger location will have new ninja obstacles and inflatable toys. The park will also host birthday parties and other group events. The new location is expected to open by late spring.
Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts is moving into the former Get Air Harrisburg space at Union Square shopping center on Union Deposit Road in Susquehanna Township. There will be some renovations to the interior of the Advance Auto premises and the store plans to open late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of this year.
McNees Wallace & Nurick has launched Apollo Communications. The agency specializes in building and enhancing brands and reputations, crisis and issue management, media relations and content marketing. The firm opened on Jan. 11 and serves clients across Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. Apollo Communications is located at 100 Pine St. in Harrisburg at the office of McNees Wallace & Nurick.
Bob’s Discount Furniture
The retailer opened a store in January at 1801 Hempstead Road in Lancaster. The store sells furniture, mattresses and home décor. The new 45,915 square-foot store will employ 25 to 35 people. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Penn State Health Cocoa Outpatient Center
The 20,000-square-foot outpatient center opened at the Cocoaplex Center at 1150 Cocoa Ave. in Derry Township. Two internal medicine practices that were operating on the east and west side of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, as well as adult endocrinology and nephrology, which were located at the University Physician Center, have moved to the new center. Penn State Health Cocoa Outpatient Center opened to internal medicine patients on Dec. 21, and the other practice specialties opened in January.
Progressive Dental Concepts
A new two-story building that will include a dental office is planned for Swatara Township. Progressive Dental Concepts plans to construct the 10,779-square-foot building on a one and a half acre property in the Tecport business campus at 413 Port View Road at the corner of Port View and Friendship Road. The dental office will be on the second floor and will be able to be occupied by up to five dentists. The first floor will be leased but there are no tenants lined up yet.
Panera Bread at The Point shopping center will move next door to the former Infinito’s space. The new location will have a drive-thru.
Keystone Municipal Solutions
A Harrisburg-based law firm has launched a new company that will provide municipalities with interim management and professional consulting services. McNees Wallace & Nurick has launched Keystone Municipal Solutions, a new subsidiary that will be based out of its Harrisburg office at 100 Pine St. Keystone Municipal Solutions will serve municipalities across Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The company was officially launched on Jan. 25 and McNees said that the new company will offer a range of services it customized to fit the needs of municipalities experiencing leadership transitions or other management challenges.
Midtown Redevelopment plans to build a community center/apartment building and eight townhomes on about a half of an acre site in Harrisburg. Midtown Redevelopment plans to construct the community center/apartment building at 1629 N. Third St. The townhomes will be built along Third, Logan, Hamilton and Clinton streets and will include two car garages. A mixed-use four story 17,936-square-foot building will include 12 apartments and a 4,180-square-foot nonprofit community center. The Mid-town Community Center will be located on the first floor and the apartments will be located on the next three floors. This project is the first phase of a larger project that will include 106 parcels in the Capitol Heights Neighborhood. This first phase includes 20 of those parcels.
7-story Reily Street building
A new seven-story building is planned for the 400 block of Reily Street in Harrisburg on a 1.01 acre site near the future Federal Courthouse. KevGar Holdco plans to develop the building that will include commercial space for a 23,000-square-foot grocery store, an 8,000-square-foot restaurant and coffee shop, a 1,500-square-foot office; 85 apartments; and an approximately 500-space parking garage. The grocery store would have an outdoor seating area and bike racks will be installed as part of the project. The building would replace four buildings on Reily Street, that are all more than 100 years old, according to Dauphin County property tax records. Those buildings will all be demolished.
A bank based in Montgomery County is expanding its reach in the midstate. Univest Financial has opened a new regional location in York County. The regional center opened Jan. 25 at 2901 Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township.
BeBalanced Harrisburg East
BeBalanced Harrisburg East, a weight loss center, has moved from the Olde Liberty Square office center on Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township to a new location at 5201 Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township.
Senior living campus on Good Hope Road
A new senior living campus is planned for Hampden Township. Plans call for three separate buildings at 1706 Good Hope Road – a 13,935-square-foot building, a 12,471-square-foot building and a 13,495-square-foot building. The three buildings will include a combined 100 independent living units. The 6.51 acre parcel is located on the eastern side of Good Hope Road to the northeast of the intersection of Good Hope Road and Smith Drive. The project will include 140 parking spaces. There will be parking areas below all three buildings and the property will have three surface parking lots as well. A walking path is also planned for the property.
Souvenir Drive houses
A number of houses are planned for a 13.4-acre property in Hampden Township. Fifteen single family homes are planned for the Garbrick Tract at 6150 Souvenir Drive. The new development is located to the west of Pickett lane and to the north of Heather Woods Court.
Spinnaker Property Management
Spinnaker Property Management plans to construct three commercial buildings on the 2.81 acre site, which is located between 3820 and 3900 Market Street, along the northern side of Market Street, across from South 39th Street. The southern portion of the property previously had two buildings, which have since been demolished. Between the three buildings there will be 11,250 square feet of office space. Spinnaker will be one of the occupants.
Univest Financial – Hampden Township
Univest Financial plans to open a regional center in Cumberland County. The new facility will be located at the former Adams Auto building at 4601 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township. The facility is tentatively scheduled to open in April.
Nature’s Pet Place
The pet store is moving to the South Hanover Shopping Center in Penn Township, York County in the 3,600-square-foot former Pet Valu space. The store is next to Boost Mobile and is expected to open in the Spring. The store is moving from 1446 Baltimore St. Nature’s Pet Place opened in May 2008 has a selection of products that focus on pet’s health and nutrition. The store offers organic, all-natural and holistic foods and treats. The store has items for dogs, cats and wild birds and also has a bakery.
The former Toys R’ Us space on the Carlisle Pike will have a new occupant next year. REI Co-op will open its first store in the midstate in the Silver Creek Plaza on the Pike shopping center at 6391 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township. REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) carries a wide assortment of gear for outdoor activities as well as outdoor apparel for men, women and children. The 22,400 square-foot store will also offer a specialty bike, ski and snowboard shop for customers to tune or repair equipment. The store is expected to open next fall and this will be REI’s fifth location in the state.
A new 25,000-square-foot hardware store is coming to Upper Allen Township. PaulB Hardware Mechanicsburg is expected to open next fall at 121 Gettysburg Pike near Planet Fitness, Messiah University and CVS Pharmacy. PaulB Hardware is a heavy-duty hardware store that serves contractors, industrial and agricultural sectors, and homeowners. The new store will feature a number of departments including paint, power tools, hand tools, lawn and garden, farm and ranch, agricultural and industrial parts, automotive, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, home and outdoor, outdoor power equipment and home hardware. PaulB Mechanicsburg will have repair shops for tools, pumps, generators, and outdoor power equipment, and the store will also provide a number of other services including key cutting.
Five Below, Big Lots and TJ Maxx
The three retailers have signed 10-year leases will open in the former Kmart at the Hershey Square shopping center in Derry Township. Five Below is expected to open on March 5, Big Lots in late April and TJ Maxx in May.
Comcast customers on the West Shore soon won’t have to drive across the river to go to a Comcast/Xfinity store. The new Xfinity store is expected to open on Dec. 10 at 6444 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township. The 7,700-square-foot building that will house the store was recently built in front of Kohl’s. A Sleep Number store is also located in the new building. The 3,900-square-foot store will employ 13 people.
The first Regency Furniture store opened in November at Gateway Square at 75 Gateway Drive in Hampden Township. The store sells rugs, accessories, furniture, home office items, recliners and more.
Embellas opened at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace in Susquehanna Township in December. The new location for Embellas is next to Romano’s Macaroni Grill and the space that was previously occupied by New York & Company. And the also includes an ice cream shop — Nittany Scoops. The ice cream shop opened in January and serves 16 flavors in cones, dishes and pints. The new space will include room for the gift shop as well as a window for the ice cream shop. Embellas sells custom jewelry, handbags and other gift items from a number of lines including Alex and Ani, Vera Bradley, Kendra Scott, Katie Luxton and Spartina. The store relocated from the Colonial Park Mall.
Ashley Homestore on the West Shore has a much larger place to call home. Ashley Homestore opened in October in the former home of Dick’s Sporting Goods store at the Hampden Commons shopping center at 5950 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township near PetSmart, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Home Depot and a former Staples store. The store moved its showroom from its location at 6484 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township. The store sells rugs, accessories, furniture, home offices, recliners and more. The new store is 55,000 square feet, about twice as big as the store at 6484 Carlisle Pike.
Perfume Hut opened in November at Tanger Outlets Hershey in Derry Township. Perfume Hut is located in suite 149 between the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Sunglass Hut. The store will of course sell perfume and cologne but also face masks.
A fashion designer that specializes in wedding dresses has moved her business back to Mechanicsburg. Sheila Kauffman is bringing her business, Sheila Frank back to her original brick-and-mortar location at 50. W Main St. The showroom and studio is expected to open on Jan. 16 with a grand opening celebration likely in the spring. The move back to Mechanicsburg follows a two year move to Union Street in Millersburg.
Kauffman’s wedding dress collections are sold in her boutique, boutiques across the country and online. Kauffman also designs custom wedding dresses including bespoke wedding dresses. Kauffman previously did bridal alterations but she is now doing general alterations as well for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. Kauffman is currently accepting appointments now for the coming 2021 wedding season.
The women’s clothing store opened last year at 113 S. Front St., Steelton. The store sells clothing, accessories and shoes.
In conjunction with the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Wildflower Apparel, located at 106 S. Antrim Way, Greencastle, held a grand opening celebration on Nov. 14. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
4R and Sons Zero Hazard
4R and Sons Zero Hazard, a provider of sanitizing products and services held a grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 28. The owners are Roger and Rita Naugle. 4R and Sons Zero Hazard offer services to disinfect various businesses, including daycares, schools, and churches, or do-it-yourself products may be purchased directly through the company’s website. The 4R and Sons Zero Hazard retail store is located at 612 E. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg. Information: www.myzerohazard.com.
Enterprise Cars has opened a new location at 2596 Cumberland St. in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County. A grand opening celebration was held at 10 a.m. Nov. 7.
Remarkable You Wellness
Remarkable You Wellness has opened at 6941 York Road, Unit 4, in Berwick Township, Adams County. The company offers Healy, a wearable device used to balance the body’s energetic field and activate self-healing capacity. Healy is U.S. FDA approved for the relief of acute, chronic, and arthritis pain and muscle soreness due to overexertion. In addition to the natural health services, Remarkable You offers a shop where they sell vitamins, herbs, essential oils and more. Info: www.remarkableyouwellness.com Hours: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
The pet salon and boutique opened on 201 N. Hanover St., lower level, in Carlisle. The boutique offers a “Snack Station” offering cookies, chewies and more. The Downtown Carlisle Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 6.
Lowe’s leased the 1,100,846-square-foot warehouse distribution space in the Shippensburg 81 Logistics Center at 201 Cramer Road in Shippensburg Township, Cumberland County, from Philadelphia-based Equus Capital Partners Ltd., a private real estate investment manager. The new warehouse for Lowe’s is part of a $1.7 billion investment to expand its distribution network through 2023. The warehouse will be used as a direct fulfillment center that Lowe’s said will help speed up its deliveries to customers in the Northeast. Operations at the new center are expected to begin this spring, and Lowe’s said it will allow the company to reach more customers within two days.
The Hershey Co. plans to build an 810,000-square-foot distribution center located off Killinger Road, between Annville and Palmyra, in South Annville Township. It is expected to be operational by late 2021 and create 270 new, full-time jobs.
High Associates is building a warehouse on Ben Franklin Boulevard on the Greenfield business campus in East Lampeter Township. The 229,000-square-foot warehouse will have 32-foot clear height space, 28 loading docks and three drive-in doors, with staging for 30 trailers on 15 acres. Once completed, the facility will be customizable for up to three tenants and is expected to employ up to 200 people. The warehouse will be available for occupancy this fall.
A Wormleysburg-based developer is planning to purchase and redevelop the former Salvation Army property at 1122 Green St. Integrated Development Partners plans to convert the property into “for-sale” condominium units. “The Lofts” will consist of approximately 16 units — a mix of one bedroom, two bedroom and efficiency condominiums ranging from 650 to 1,100 square feet in space. Integrated Development Partners plans to keep the parking lot across the street, which would include designated, private parking spaces. And a 1,500-square-foot brick building on the lot across the street would probably be converted to a fitness center or be used for storage for the residents. The company hopes to complete the project by early 2022.
North Cornwall Commons Apartments
Construction has begun on an apartment complex located at a large-scale mixed-use project in Lebanon County known as North Cornwall Commons. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in November for the North Cornwall Commons Apartments, which is being built along Springwood Drive.
North Cornwall Commons is located in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County across from the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center and Fairgrounds facility. The new five-story apartment complex will have 220 apartments and residents at the complex will have access to a pool, gathering space and exercise facilities at a community building that will be utilized by townhouse residents, as well as apartment residents at North Cornwall Commons. Residents will also have access to community walking trails.
The first 110-unit apartment building is scheduled to open next fall. A second 110-unit apartment building is planned for another phase of the project. The 120-acre site will eventually have between 500,000 and 600,000 square feet of office and retail space. Springwood Development Partners, a partnership between Blackford Development and Byler Holdings, is the developer of the site. Construction began on the complex in 2017. In addition to a second apartment building the remaining phases of the project are planned for a mix of residential, commercial and office space including a potential for a pharmacy, a bank, and restaurants.
Construction began in September on the Schoolhouse Flats at 701 Market St. in Lemoyne at the site of the former Lemoyne Middle School. Construction company Mowery plans to transform the middle school into an apartment building. Schoolhouse Flats will include 46 apartments. Each unit will feature stainless steel appliances and hard surface counters, and some units will have a private patio. Eight of the units will be built in the former gymnasium and will feature rooftop decks.
Other proposed amenities available to residents include an on-site gym, on-site parking, bike storage, a pet washing station and a courtyard with designated cornhole, bocce ball and outdoor theater space. Schoolhouse Flats is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021.
A Lemoyne company is developing more than 100 homes in Upper Allen Township. RSR Realtors is developing a 55+ senior community called Cortland Park, which is the last stage of development to be built in the Winding Hills development. The builder is Lancaster County-based Landmark Homes. The community will include 117 lots – townhomes and single-family homes as well as a private community clubhouse that will include an exercise room, multi-purpose room, gathering area with wet bar, a kitchen and a game area. Residents will also have access to the Winding Hills clubhouse.
All of the homes will include two car garages. Optional features include items like fireplaces, sliding doors, a cathedral ceiling, a deck, a double wall oven, and a study, among other options.
Community First Fund Credit Union
A Lancaster-based nonprofit plans to open a new credit union. Community First Fund will open at 51 S. Duke St. next fall. The credit union has been in the planning stages for a couple of years. It will offer a full-scale of banking services as well as credit builder loans to help people build credit, mortgage services and car loans. Community First Fund currently has a mortgage department. The credit union will also offer financial education. The 860-square-foot credit union is expected to be located on the first floor while other offices will be located upstairs in the building. The credit union will employ about five people when it opens.
Belco has announced it will open a new branch in the former home of a Mid Penn Bank location at 5500 Allentown Blvd. in Lower Paxton Township. Mid Penn Bank moved that branch to a former Fulton Bank location on Jonestown Road last year. The new branch will open in the spring and will relocate from 5785 Allentown Blvd. in Lower Paxton Township.
Members 1st Federal Credit Union
The credit union officially broke ground in August on its future 172,000-square-foot headquarters at Hampden Marketplace on Marketplace Way near Wertzville Road in Hampden Township. The credit union said that it expects that it will take 12 to 18 months for construction. The credit union’s headquarters is currently located at the Rossmoyne Business Center, where it has been since 1997. Members 1st has sold two of its four buildings in the Rossmoyne Business Center and plans to sell the remaining two before moving to its new campus. The new campus will open in 2021 or 2022.
Accountabilities Inc. is closing its offices on Ritter Road in Lower Allen Township and on Front Street in Harrisburg and will open a new office in Camp Hill on Jan. 1 at 305 S. 32nd St. The firm offers bookkeeping services and consulting, payroll processing and reporting, tax planning and tax preparation for businesses and tax planning and tax preparation for individuals. The new space has 1,900 square feet of space.
Members 1st Federal Credit Union
The credit union opened a branch at 516 E. Lancaster Ave, Shillington, Berks County. It opened for business on November 16.
Beth McKinley, financial advisor with Thrivent, opened an office at 35 E. High, Suite 104, in Carlisle. The Downtown Carlisle Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 6.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health will open a 47,000-square-foot outpatient center in the former Toys ‘R’ Us building at 1430 Harrisburg Pike in Manheim Township. The center is expected to open in the spring.
Planet Fitness has signed a 10-year lease and has opened in the former Kmart at the Hershey Square shopping center in Derry Township. The fitness center opened on Feb. 17.
Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center
Penn State Health will open a new acute care hospital, Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, a five-story, 341,000-square-foot facility set to open in 2022. Lancaster Medical Center will be located near the intersection of State Road and Harrisburg Pike in East Hempfield Township.
The facility will feature 129 private inpatient beds, with the capacity to expand by 24 additional beds, an emergency department, various specialty inpatient services, an imaging lab, complete medical and surgical capabilities and an attached medical office building for outpatient services. Once the Lancaster Medical Center is operational it will employ about 900 people.
Fit on Market
Strawberry Square is once again home to a fitness center. Fit on Market opened in November at 312 Market St. in Harrisburg and offers a limited number of memberships, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The gym features Matrix cardio and strength training equipment. Strawberry Square said that bi-polar ionization equipment has been installed to continuously disinfect the air as well as surfaces. The gym has new tiled shower facilities and lockers. Members will be issued individual access cards allowing them entry to the fitness center from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
A Chicago company opened a medical marijuana dispensary in December. Verano opened the Zen Leaf dispensary at 890 Loucks Road in York. Zen Leaf offers a variety of cannabis products including concentrates, infused products, vaporizers, and flower. Registered medical marijuana cardholders can also order online at www.zenleafdispensaries.com with same day, in-store pick up.
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Hummelstown-based Drayer Physical Therapy Institute has opened facilities in more than 10 states but the opening of its latest clinic is much closer to home. The outpatient clinic opened at 302 W. Main St., Suite 101, in Middletown in December. The clinic offers outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, including pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, manual therapy, sports rehabilitation and injury prevention.
PinnacleHealth Express Union Deposit
An urgent care center in Lower Paxton Township has relocated but its new location is pretty close to its previous location. PinnacleHealth Express Union Deposit relocated to 775 S. Arlington Ave. from 805 Sir Thomas Court in December. Both locations are near the UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Campus. PinnacleHealth Express provides primary care services as well as services for urgent issues. No appointments are needed at PinnacleHealth Express.
Richards Orthopaedic Center has joined UPMC under the name Richards Orthopaedics–UPMC. The practice has been providing care for 65 years, spanning three generations of the Richards family. The office location will remain at 144 S. Eighth St., Chambersburg. Richards Orthopaedics–UPMC provides surgical and non-surgical orthopaedics, podiatry, foot and ankle care, sports medicine, wound care, nail care, and physical therapy. The following providers see patients at this office:
- Robert Holzshu, D.O.
- Karli Richards, D.P.M.
- Rebekah Richards, D.P.M.
- Robert Richards, Jr., M.D.
- James Kinton, D.P.T., P.T.
Richards Orthopaedics–UPMC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday with some extended hours for physical therapy on Mondays and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment call 717-414-7798.
Armstrong Flooring is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new location in Lancaster County. The 160-year-old company that designs and manufactures flooring signed a long-term lease with the High Real Estate Group for three existing buildings located at Greenfield Corporate Center, a 600-acre business campus to house its headquarters and technical center. Greenfield is owned by High Real Estate and is in East Lampeter Township. Armstrong Flooring will take over two adjacent buildings, located at 1740 and 1760 Hempstead Road, which total 58,000 square feet, and will house office space for approximately 200 corporate office employees and will also feature a 5,000-square-foot design showroom.
The company will also lease an existing 33,000-square-foot building, located at 1827 Freedom Road, Suite 101, for its technical center, housing approximately 60 employees from the company’s new product development, innovation and engineering teams. The buildings will be renovated and will use a selection of Armstrong Flooring’s flooring products. Construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021.
The Chapel Hill United Church of Christ in East Pennsboro Township will be demolished to clear the way for a new commercial center. The new commercial center, which will be known as Poplar Square, will be located on the three-and-a-half acre site at the corner of Erford and Poplar Church roads and is expected to include a new space for the church, a medical office, a restaurant and space for up to four stores. The owner hopes to begin construction early this year.
“Carpets and Draperies” building
Third Street Realty plans to convert the building at 1507 N. Third St. into five two-bedroom residential apartments ranging from 600 to 1,655 square feet as well as some commercial space. The first floor of the building will have 820 square feet of commercial space. The three-story, 6,270-square-foot brick building was built in 1922 by Abraham Gerber to serve as a furniture showroom and department store, known as Gerber’s Department Store.
260 Boas St., Harrisburg
The First Harrisburg UMC building at 260 Boas St. in Harrisburg will be redeveloped into eight apartments. The 7,658-square-foot brick church sits on one tenth of an acre. The one bedroom apartments will range from 475 to 1,125 square feet and will include office space and half-baths in some of the units.
Harristown Enterprises, the owner of Strawberry Square, plans to construct a mixed-use building at 21 S. Second St. in Harrisburg on the site of a longtime three story building that was once home to the former Coronet restaurant. That building was demolished in late 2018 and early 2019. The new six-story building with include retail and office space on the first two floors, and eight residential apartments on the four floors above. Harristown purchased the property in 2017.
The bank opened a new regional headquarters in the Harrisburg area. The office opened on Feb. 1 on 4050 Crums Mill Road in Lower Paxton Township. The office will house regional leadership as well as employees from the bank’s commercial, investment and trust services divisions and operational support areas. About 12 employees will occupy the 6,687 square-foot office.
A construction management company has a new place to call home in the Camp Hill area. In November, Eastern PCM moved to 150 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 203, in East Pennsboro Township from its previous location on 12th street in Lemoyne. The company offers a number of services, including project management, construction management, relocation management and owner’s representative services to higher education, healthcare, commercial, and not-for-profit clients.
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott will be built on the former site of the Bon-Ton in Lower Allen Township. Construction on the five-story, 124-room hotel is expected to begin this year.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisburg West/Mechanicsburg
A hotel company based in Centre County that operates hotels around the world has opened its fourth facility in the midstate. Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisburg West/Mechanicsburg, a 107-room hotel opened at 503 Winding Creek Boulevard in Silver Spring Township on Nov. 24. The hotel has a 24/7 fitness center and an indoor pool. Guests will have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and a complimentary, daily breakfast buffet. The hotel is owned and managed by Shaner Hotels and was built by Lancaster County-based Paul Risk Construction.
The long-awaited entertainment center Round1 is expected to open in 2021. It will include more than 100 sports and games for all ages and levels. It will have an arcade and a bar and offer bowling, karaoke, billiards and food. Round1 at the Park City Center will take over the former Sears store that closed last year.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House
Stumpy’s Hatchet House opened last year at 515 Rear W. Chocolate Ave. in Derry Township. At Stumpy’s, hatchet throwing takes place in a controlled pit where throwers take turns. Those who aren’t throwing hatchets are confined to a safe zone. The Hershey venue, at 13,000 square-feet, offers 15 hatchet-throwing pits and has two private party areas available for rent. Right now, patrons can bring their own beer or wine. A snack bar sells food such as potato chips and sodas.
Dunkin’ will open a new location at 271 Market St. in Lemoyne early this year.
Chipotle is coming to the Hershey Square shopping center in Derry Township, and will be located on a pad site in front of the Weis Markets store.
A new Panera Bread will be located on Linglestown Road at Susquehanna Union Green in Susquehanna Township. The location will have a drive-thru.
Zeroday Brewing has announced it plans to open at Susquehanna Union Green in Susquehanna Township and that they are partnering with Shakedown BBQ. The project is expected to be completed by next summer. Zeroday Brewing will also be located off of Linglestown Road.
Tequila Willies Southwest American Grille
The casual restaurant will open as early as March at the former Rock Bass Grill at 461 S. Front St. in Wormleysburg.
Adam Maust, the owner of the Harrisburg marketing agency Mighty Group, purchased the building at 2101 N. Sixth St. in Harrisburg in May and plans to redevelop it. Ideally, Maust hopes to center the 40,000-square-foot building around a grocery store. He also hopes to bring in a brewery, restaurant and a coffee shop to the facility as well but, he is looking at several different options. He also plans to have office space and will relocate his marketing agency to the building.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chipotle is opening at the former Sonic Drive-In at the Blue Mountain Commons shopping center in Susquehanna Township.
Pepper Palace opened in November at Tanger Outlets Hershey in Derry Township in suite 146 between Vitamin World and Claire’s. The store sells hot sauce mild to extreme, bbq sauce, wing sauce, mild to extra hot salsa as well as rubs, glazes and marinades. You’ll also find a few food items like pickles, olives and jalapeños.
Nissley Vineyards Wine Shop and Tasting Room
Nissley Vineyards Wine Shop and Tasting Room opened on Nov. 9 at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township, 311 Stanley K. Tanger Blvd., suite 301. The space is around 3,000 square feet and is located between Book Warehouse and the Yankee Candle Outlet. The store features a wine shop, where customers can purchase wines by the bottle or case, as well as several locally produced beers. And the tasting room has tables and chairs.
A beverage company has opened in Harrisburg. Krisp Drinks manufactures natural spring water and organic water. The company, which is owned by Sean Banks, sells organic water in the following flavors under its Krispwtr brand: strawberry/pineapple, pomegranate/lime, and blueberry/lemon. The company says its products are a healthy alternative to other flavored waters and drinks.
Krisp Drinks held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center in September. “Sean Banks envisioned Krisp Drinks LLC and brought the idea to life create a meaningful product that will make a lasting impact on changing how people hydrate,” the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center said in a press release. “While managing a convenience store, Sean noticed the need for a healthy flavored water alternative after discovering that many brands currently on the market were not as healthy as he expected.”
Krisp Drinks has announced it will donate a portion of its profits to charities serving youth in underserved communities.
Sheetz opened a new store located at 2539 Willow Street Pike, West Lampeter Township, on Nov. 25.
Presto Fast Italian
Presto Fast Italian is a build-your-own fresh pasta concept. Customers pick a pasta, sauce, veggies, and protein for a vast array of combinations. Presto opened in November at the York Town Center (at the former Five Guys location) at 2815 Concord Road in Springettsbury Township. This is the fourth location for Presto, which opened last year.
Chef de Crepe
Chef de Crepe opened on Dec. 12 at 20 W. Main St., Mechanicsburg. Chef de Crepe sells a variety of savory and sweet crepes with twists on the French specialty. They also sell breakfast crepes all day.
Up in Smoke BBQ
Up in Smoke BBQ opened at 1330 N. Mountain Road in Lower Paxton Township in November. It has a full menu of chicken, brisket and sides. It is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.
Seafood Saturday opened at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township in December at the former Gertrude Hawk Chocolates store. The restaurant will have limited indoor seating and focus mainly on takeout orders. It will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m., daily.
On Nov. 18, Lidl held a grand opening celebration at 2001 Columbia Ave. in East Hempfield Township in Lancaster County.
Checkers & Rally’s
The Checkers & Rally’s drive-thru chain opened in York County at 4315 N. George St. in East Manchester Township.
Dunkin opened at 3634 Pottsville Pike in Muhlenburg Township, Berks County. A grand opening celebration was held on Feb. 20. The 2,000 square-foot restaurant will employ approximately 20 people and is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p .m. The new restaurant also offers complimentary Wi-Fi for guests and has a drive-thru.
From the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
The Parlor Salon Studio opened at 58 W. Main St. in Mechanicsburg.
Lizardi’s Restaurant opened in October at 204 N. Hanover St. in Carlisle serving Puerto Rican food.
Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority low-interest loans
PAP Technologies Inc.
PAP Technologies through EDC Finance Corporation, was approved for a $1,469,800, 15-year reset rate loan at 0.75 percent interest to acquire a 43,500-square-foot facility in East Hempfield Township. PAP Technologies is a printing company specializing in highly secure gaming stock such as lottery tickets, betting slips and other gaming products.
The new facility sits on 4.5 acres and consists of light manufacturing, warehouse, and office space. The company will be relocating from its Greenfield Industrial Park (Lancaster County) location to the project site in early 2021. The total project cost is $2,939,600 and the company has committed to relocating all 44 existing full-time jobs to the new facility.
Real estate development company Tri-S Management, LLC, through EDC Finance Corporation, was approved for a $1,953,000, 15-year fixed rate loan at 1.75 percent interest to construct a new industrial park in East Earl Township. The new park will total approximately 16 acres and will be divided into two lots for development. PIDA funds will be utilized for site improvement work that is required to make the two sites shovel ready for development.
Homestead Nutrition, a producer of crop and livestock nutritional supplements, through EDC Finance Corporation, was approved for a 15-year, $550,000 loan at a 0.75 percent reset rate to assist in the purchase of two industrial properties located in New Holland, allowing the company to consolidate its operations into two contiguous parcels.
The larger of the two buildings consists of 22,806 square feet, comprised of mostly warehouse and light manufacturing space, and the second building contains 5,035 square feet, also primarily warehouse and light manufacturing space. Both buildings include office space. The total PIDA project cost is $1,633,000.
Plans submitted to municipalities in Dauphin and Cumberland counties since Jan. 1.
Plans were submitted for phase 3B of Grayhawk Landing in Silver Spring Township. Subdivide a 3.42 acre property into 13 lots for single family detached dwellings.
Cider Press Associates LLC submitted plans in January for Shadebrook Phase IV in Lower Paxton Township.
Williams Holding Group submitted plans in January for Creekvale Phase 4 and 5 in West Hanover Township.
LRRE LP submitted plans in January for the Wilsbach Distribution facility in Lower Swatara Township.
McNaughton Properties submitted plans in January for the Townes at Margaret’s grove phase 2B in Susquehanna Township
Schaedler Yesco Distribution submitted plans in January for Schaedler Yesco Distribution in Swatara Township.
Plans were submitted on Jan. 15 for Cumberland Preserve, a residential development with 111 single family homes and 42 multi-family homes in Middlesex Township.
Plans were submitted on Jan. 25 by Brindle Development Association to construct 14 single family homes on Brindle Road in Monroe Township.
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