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Five updates on downtown York

Written by Gary Haber/York Daily Record | Aug 19, 2015 10:57 AM
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A redevelopment of the former Citizens Bank building in York's Continental Square will include a rooftop deck, the project's architect said at a Downtown Inc. meeting Tuesday. (File -- Courtesy of the York Daily Record)

(York) -- A rooftop deck atop the former Citizens Bank building in Continental Square and a young playwrights festival at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center are among the new things slated for downtown York.

These projects were discussed at Downtown Inc's update for the public on Tuesday. The event drew a standing-room-only audience at Santander Stadium's White Rose Hall. Here are some of the highlights:

1. Market & Penn Farmer's Market

To raise money for its operations, the market is considering selling shares in the corporation that owns and operates the market.

About 1,800 shares are unsold from the 3,000 shares Market & Penn Farmers Market Inc. issued in 1975 or 1976 when the market was incorporated, Jimmy Ilyes, the market's volunteer manager said Tuesday.

The shares were sold at $100 each back then. The market's board of directors hasn't yet decided whether to offer shares to the public, and if so, how much they would sell for.

Ilyes also has a number of things he wants to do to boost traffic at the market, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2016. That includes possibly adding an indoor hydroponic agriculture operation to raise produce for sale to area restaurants, among other customers.

The market, located at 380 W. Market St. in the WeCo neighborhood, will host a high-profile event. It will be the location for Downtown Inc's annual Masquerade Ball on Oct. 24.

Last year's event was held at the old York post office building on South George Street. The event, a fundraiser for Downtown Inc, drew more than 200 people.

2. Former Citizens Bank building

A rooftop deck is part of the plan for a makeover of the former Citizens Bank building on Continental Square, said Frank Dittenhafer II, the project's architect.

Developer Derek Dilks' plans also call for a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, eight to 10 apartments and possibly space for art displays on the mezzanine level. A recent study commissioned by Downtown Inc found strong demand for more apartments downtown.

 

3. Lighting improvements

Downtown Inc wants to light up buildings on Continental Square, including the former Citizens Bank building, as part of a beautification project.

The group also wants to illuminate bridges in the city, starting with the Market Street and Philadelphia Street bridges over the Codorus Creek, said Tim Miller, Downtown Inc's deputy director. The cost could be about $50,000 per bridge, more if they use lights that can change colors.

 

4. White Rose Community Television

Weary Arts Group plans to open a small video production studio in the Marketview Arts building that the public could use to produce videos that would air on the White Rose Community Television channel, said Calvin Weary, the arts group's CEO.

The studio, in Marketview Arts' basement, is expected to open in the next two weeks, Weary said.

5. Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center

The downtown York entertainment venue is looking to launch a playwriting program for high school students from throughout York County, said Todd Fogdall, the Strand-Capitol's new CEO.

A panel of judges would decide which of the 3-minute plays would be performed at the Strand-Capitol.


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