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Lancaster City Alliance is a non-profit that cultivates partnerships with business, local communities, the arts, education, non-profits, and government to ensure Lancaster is a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all.
  • "When Voodoo Brewery was exploring opening a location outside of Western PA, Lancaster City Alliance convinced us that Lancaster has the vibrancy we were looking for and the type of environment where we would thrive."
    - Andrew Volanski, Manager, Voodoo Brewery Lancaster

  • Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

    "As co-owner of The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24, I appreciate how the Lancaster City Alliance works with merchants to troubleshoot issues facing the local business community."
    - Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

  • Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

    "The West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Group has benefited so much from the efforts of Lancaster City Alliance. Thanks to their efforts we can proudly say that West Lancaster Jewels is “Love Where We Live,” as we have some of the most blocks adopted in the City of Lancaster.”
    - Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

  • Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

    "The Lancaster City Alliance is a ground-breaker in promoting small, local businesses making our city vibrant and safe. They are visionaries, promoters, and connectors."
    - Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

  • Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

    "The Lancaster City Alliance team worked with me to find the perfect location for my store and helped to promote the launch of my new enterprise."
    - Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

Building On Strength – Front STEPS Advancing

Front STEPS Advancing

Front Steps
Front STEPS work taking place on E. Filbert Street

Front STEPS Façade Improvement and Workforce Development Program is overseen by the Lancaster City Alliance and Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP). The program aspires to provide on the job training by employing local residents to make repairs to the front of buildings in South Lancaster City. The improvements are taking palce in key corridors identified in the Building On Strength Plan as areas of the City in need of investment. The program began in early 2019 with property owners eager to participate and receive grant funding, however, organizers found it challenging to develop the workforce.

The solution came from the private sector. Lancaster City Alliance and CAP recruited the assistance of local contracting companies to take the lead on complicated projects and serve as a referral for individuals seeking work to participate in the program. As local contractors became involved, the program began to take off. The first improvement was completed in September 2019, transforming a condemned laundromat into what is hoped will become a new neighborhood-serving, ground-floor business, with safe and affordable housing opportunities on the upper floors.

What does the facade improvement program mean to you?

“Partnership and cooperation are what we think of when describing the program. Tenants, CAP workers, Lancaster City Alliance staff, and us – all moving toward the same goal,” said Jason and Janae Allgire local property owners involved with the Front STEPS program.

“The project makes a positive impact on the overall neighborhood – one home at a time and can encourage neighbors to do their own improvements. The neighboring property now has a matching, freshly-painted trim,” they added.

The program also trains individuals who have difficulty entering the workforce. As of November 2019, three trainees working on the homes gained employment in the construction industry and two are in the workforce pipeline.