On a vacant Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) lot located within Lancaster City’s Central Manufacturing zoning district, the owner of Creative Packaging Solutions LLC constructed a combined 2,460 sq. ft. office and 4,882 sq. ft. industrial facility with the potential to expand the industrial portion of his structure by an additional 2,660 sq. ft. Creative Packaging Solutions desired a cost-effective and expedited land development review process. RGS received conditional land development approval in fewer than four months, and for approximately $800 less than this project’s tight planning budget estimate.

With some very steep and vegetated topographical conditions, RGS was able to fit the proposed building, nine parking spaces, two loading areas, and two bio-retention facilities on this 2.24-acre site without the inclusion of costly retaining walls and without extensive vegetation removal. This property is a Brownfield Act II Clean-up site served by a combined sewer system. RGS provided creative design solutions consisting of green infrastructure and preserved vegetation to mitigate volumetric requirements of the City’s Stormwater Management Ordinance by reducing storm run-off to the combined system’s Conestoga River overflow.

While state and local tax abatement is provided to businesses which relocate to this KOZ, construction of this office and industrial facility also supports goals of Lancaster City’s 2015 economic development plan, Building on Strength, and it led to 12 new employment opportunities either relocated to, or created in, the City of Lancaster.