Once dominated by Lancaster City’s boiler manufacturing and tobacco warehousing activities, this former industrial site will soon accommodate three adaptively re-used structures, a new mixed-use structure, and other amenities such as off-street parking, plantings, and streetscape enhancements. New building uses include 76 residences, offices, a restaurant, other commercial activities, recreational amenities including roof decks, and some indoor parking facilities.
Developers need to utilize the available land to its fullest potential. To that end, we are always looking for new ways to integrate existing site features with modern best practices. For Best Engine Works, we introduced a subsurface stormwater management beneath a new parking area while still reducing impervious surface from 99.6% to 91%. Existing buildings surround the parking areas so to preserve urban context and streetscape edges.
RGS received plan approvals from Lancaster’s Zoning Hearing Board (four Special Exceptions and two Variances), its Historical Commission, the Lancaster City Shade Tree Commission, and both County and City Planning Commissions. RGS also led a discussion with neighboring site owners and the Lancaster City Alliance to receive conceptual design input.
Client / Patrick and Peter Egan
LOCATION / Lancaster city, pa
SERVICES / Site analysis, site master planning, feasibility studies, zoning services, land development design & permitting, npdes permitting, sewer planning services, condominium & Easement agreement documentation