“We just see this as a great opportunity to look at three key sites at a major intersection really close to downtown,” said Marshall Snively, the Lancaster City Alliance’s executive vice president. “Not only for downtown, but also as a gateway to the southern end of the city.”
The properties are the city-owned Southern Market Center, LNP Media Group’s defunct production buildings and a house built in 1765, and Swan Hotel, owned by the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority.
The idea is to connect downtown with the impoverished southern parts of the city, help the convention center attract larger conventions and expand downtown’s growth.
Hotel rooms, apartments, stores and offices are among the suggested uses for the buildings — mostly vacant, or soon to be.
Driving the cooperation in seeking redevelopment ideas was Southern Market going up for sale and recent changes with LNP Media’s properties, Snively said. In 2015, LNP Media Group ended printing and production operations in those buildings and shifted the work offsite.
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