Lancaster City Alliance considered it a privilege to work on this Global Feast story with The New York Times over a number of weeks and connect the reporter and photographers with what makes Lancaster so special, the many people and cultures that call Lancaster home.
Lancaster City Indie Retail Week is a shop local celebration that runs July 15-21, 2019, encouraging consumers to shop at independent retailers; highlighting their positive social and economic impact – locally, nationally and globally.
We encourage all to shop independent retail year-round and to use July as a time to celebrate the independent retailers that help build our economy; creating more sustainable cities, towns, and communities. It will be a week to shine a spotlight on the unique, diverse and vibrant retail business community in the City of Lancaster.
The Lancaster City Alliance is pleased to welcome Ricardo Almodovar
to the newly created position of Neighborhood Enhancement Projects Coordinator. Almodovar, of Lancaster City, will use his expertise in community organizing and mastery of both English and Spanish to connect with neighborhoods south of King Street where Lancaster City Alliance has several economic development initiatives in place.
Ricardo was born and raised in Lancaster and graduated from McCaskey High School. He continued his studies at HACC-Lancaster Campus obtaining an Associate degree in Social Science and subsequently at Millersville University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Spanish Language. After graduation, he began his career as a community organizer at a non-profit social justice organization in Allentown where he was key in growing the organizational base and started the first committees still active in the Lehigh Valley. He decided to return to his hometown to be closer to his family, play a strong role in improving his hometown, and to create change.
“Returning to Lancaster after a three-year hiatus, I’ve seen so many changes, and I’m amazed at how well people have been adapting and how great the city looks! I’ve witnessed some of it from the sidelines, but I’m excited to be directly involved in these development initiatives like the Façade Improvement Program.”
UGI Utilities, Inc. will begin a natural gas main replacement project in the City of Lancaster on Prince Street beginning the week of March 18. This project is part of the Company’s multi-year infrastructure betterment initiative and is also scheduled ahead of a scheduled paving project by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 2020. The natural gas main replacement project will take place on Prince Street from Seymour Street to just beyond West James Street. The project will be broken into multiple phases and will extend into mid-2020 until it is completed
The project will also impact the following streets:
• Hager Street, from Prince Street to Beaver Street;
• West Vine Street, from Prince Street to Beaver Street;
• West Lemon Street, from Prince Street to North Water Street.
UGI will work block-by-block on this project. Two crews will work on this project
simultaneously. One crew will begin at Seymour Street beginning the week of March 18.
The other crew will begin at Orange Street beginning the week of March 25.
Both crews will work north, with one exception. The crew beginning at Orange Street
will return south and work from King Street to Orange Street during the time that Fulton
Theater productions are on a late summer break, from late July to mid-September.
Construction on each block is expected to last approximately one-to-two months.
This project will also renew gas service lines to approximately 262 homes and
During construction, blocks on affected streets will be restricted to one lane of traffic.
Parking also will be eliminated on those blocks during construction hours. Construction
hours in the work zone from Seymour Street to King Street will run from 8:30 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Construction hours in the work zone from King Street
to West James Street will run through the evening and night-time from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00
a.m., with service line work occurring from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“UGI recognizes area residents will be inconvenienced during this project. We will work
to complete construction in a timely manner,” Timothy Angstadt, vice president of
operations, said. “This project is part of UGI’s continuing commitment to provide safe
and reliable natural gas service to our customers and our communities. We appreciate the
community’s patience and understanding as we make this long-term system
improvement. We also thank officials from Lancaster for their cooperation and assistance
in the planning and execution of this project.”
UGI Utilities will spend more than $187.5 million in fiscal year 2019 to replace
approximately 64 miles of natural gas mains and complete a variety of system
UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves more than
700,000 customers. Additional information about UGI Utilities, Inc. is available on the
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Mark your calendars for Lancaster City Restaurant Week – March 4-10, 2019.
There is a reason Lancaster City is becoming nationally known for the incredible lineup of restaurants making the community thrive with foodie favorites (Forbes named Lancaster a must-visit destination of 2019, offMetro named it one of the Best Places To Visit On The East Coast in 2019).
Twice each year, in the early spring, and again in the fall, Lancaster City Restaurant Week serves as a showcase for the city’s increasingly extraordinary dining scene. With each annual city-wide collaboration there is an opportunity to dine well, and often, at a favorite spot, or discover new ones around town. It is a delicious week of great dining experiences, with the bonus of unique Restaurant Week deals adding value with each visit. During Lancaster City Restaurant Week plan your visits here!
Lancaster City Alliance is, once again, a proud sponsor of Lancaster City Restaurant Week.
Message from Our Board Chair and President
IT WAS A YEAR OF MANY ACCOLADES for the City. Forbes Coolest City to Visit, Kiplinger’s Great Place to Retire, Newsweek’s Best Places to Live, and a nod from the New York Times on the City’s unique ability to work together. Validation from the national media is a lot of fun, but the past year has indeed been full of real impacts. The following report demonstrates the work of the Lancaster City Alliance; however it is not our work alone. It is our responsibility to engage the community and work side by side with residents, businesses, local communities, education, non-profits, and government to ensure Lancaster is a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all. There is still much to be done, but we hope you will agree that our work in the past year has had a significant impact.
We thank you for your support of the Lancaster City Alliance, and in turn our partners, whose collaboration and expertise helps us realize success for the entire City and beyond.
To learn more, review the 2017-2018 Impact Report, discuss it, and share it with others.
– Peter Barber, Board Chair
– Marshall Snively, President
The Lancaster City Alliance want to make your shopping and gift giving easier. Downtown Dollars are gift certificates available in $5 and $10 increments and are accepted at over 100 Lancaster City merchants, including Central Market, galleries, restaurants and shops.
You can purchase Downtown Dollars in two locations.
- Downtown Dollars can be purchased online or picked up at the Lancaster Visitors Center at 38 Penn Square.
- Or call the Lancaster City Alliance at 717.394.0783 to make your purchase. The Lancaster City Alliance accepts cash or check.
Please click here for a list of participating merchants.
Merchants interested in participating in the program should contact the Lancaster City Alliance at email@example.com.
The Lancaster City Alliance team wishes you all the warmth and joy Lancaster has to offer this holiday season and all year through.
Come ‘Shop Late’ in Lancaster City on Thursday, December 13!
Whether it’s last minute holiday shopping or a much-needed night on the town,
Lancaster Shops Late is the perfect excuse to explore what Lancaster City has to offer! Home to over 200 eclectic, local shops, businesses, and restaurants, Lancaster City has something special for everyone on your list! Nearly 50 merchants will stay open late (9 pm or later) to encourage shoppers to do their holiday shopping in Lancaster City. There will be roaming entertainment, warm treats, and plenty of holiday cheer! Come #shopsmall and #dinelocal in Lancaster City!
Please note street parking is free after 6 pm as meters are no longer enforced.
This event is in partnership with the Downtown Investment District, Visit Lancaster City
and LSJ Studios.
*If your business/gallery/restaurant, etc. would like to participate,
please email Wyatt Behringer