The Wilbur Redevelopment project is a renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic chocolate manufacturing building and associated 11 acres of land. It is a mixed-use development that consists of three distinct phases. .

Phase One of the Wilbur project opened in August 2019 with the renovation of the 100 year old chocolate factory building and a new 5 story building addition with multiple adaptive reuses that include:  Hilton Tapestry 74 room hotel, 26 high end residential condo units, 2,800 sqft marketplace, and Blackworth Live Fire Grill restaurant. Integration of the parking deck and building renovations required detailed site design including reconfiguration of the floodplain, vehicular and pedestrian connections to existing streets to ensure the upper and lower deck elevations worked with the Wilbur building entrance locations and elevations.

Phase Two and Three includes the Lofts at Lititz Spring, Pleasant View Communities 32 unit age restricted apartment building, and two 4 story market rate apartment buildings with a total of 169 units.

Collaboration Accelerates Planning Approvals

RGS facilitated the public (Lititz Borough) and private (Oak Tree Development Group) collaboration through a zoning map amendment, rezoning, and zoning text amendment process to allow an adaptive re-use/mixed-use project in what had been an Industrial Zoning District that didn’t allow commercial or residential uses.  RGS worked with our Client and Borough Staff on amendments to the existing zoning ordinance, to allow a design that met the vision of Lititz Borough and Oak Tree for the redevelopment of a historic property in the heart of the community.

Floodplain Reconfiguration and Stormwater Management Increase Usable Land

The existing 100 year floodplain posed a threat to ability to redevelopment the Wilbur property. Through reconfiguration of existing topography and design of a raised access drive RGS was able to create vehicular access to the lower level of the parking deck and a new service area connected to the Wilbur Building.  In addition to the redesign of the floodplain RGS also prepared exhibits and testified before the Lititz Zoning Hearing Board to secure approval of a Special Exception to allow the reconfiguration of the existing floodplain. The reconfiguration of the floodplain was critical to the design of the parking deck and service area that serve the existing Wilbur Factory.

The Wilbur Chocolate factory predated stormwater regulations that address water quality and rate of discharge from a property.  To meet the required 50% reduction of stormwater runoff from a property RGS designed bio retention facilities in parking  lot islands in conjunction with a large bio-retention basin upstream of the floodplain.  Addressing Municipal and State stormwater requirements in surface bio-retention facilities rather than sub-surface stormwater facilities was a significant cost savings for the project.   The Wilbur site is underlain by Karst geology, which greatly increases the risk for sink holes, so the stormwater design by RGS called for water tight conveyance and storage facilities.

CLIENT / Oak Tree Development

LOCATION / Lititz Borough

SERVICES / zoning map amendment, zoning text amendment, rezoning peition, conditional use application, special exception application, conceptual site design and master planning, floodplain reconfiguration design and calculations, preliminary/final subdivision & Land development application, site open space amenity design, post construction stormwater management design & Permitting, erosion and sedimentation control design & Permitting, construction phase services