5 things to know on Codorus corridor plans in York

Written by Teresa Boeckel/York Daily Record | Jan 29, 2016 8:45 AM

Dozens gathered Thursday night to discuss the future of the Codorus Corridor. (Photo: Teresa Boeckel, York Daily Record)

Ideas ranged from connecting to the water to a community arboretum.

The project will tie together transportation, recreation and green infrastructure, including stormwater management, said Timothy Miller, deputy director of Downtown Inc.

Last year, the City of York received a planning grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the effort, according to a news release.

The northern part of the downtown has been seeing renewed growth. The York County Heritage Trust recently bought the former Met-Ed Steam Heat Generating Plant on West Philadelphia Street and North Pershing Avenue in hopes of consolidating its efforts. The greenway would skirt along this area.

Here are five things to know about the process:

1. The Heritage Rail Trail County Park will go through the greenway

That section of the trail from Philadelphia to George Street and the nearby armory is expected to be constructed from 2017 to 2018, said Tim Fulton, program coordinator with Downtown Inc. That will be the final link to complete the rail trail between the state line and John C. Rudy County Park in East Manchester Township.

That's also when other ideas, such as an outdoor garden, a space for workouts, would be included as part of improvements for the greenway.

2. Steam Into History would like to bring its train to York

The idea includes building a turntable in the area of the Northwest Triangle. Steam Into History has started a capital campaign to raise money to do some work, and it is in negotiations with York Rail to bring the train to downtown York, said Bob Gotwols, chief operating officer.

3. Ideas for recreation suggested for greenway

Ideas ranged from getting access to the waterfront, creating a garden and making an outdoor open space for dancing and exercise classes. York Councilman Michael Helfrich and Jack Longstreet of York suggested connecting to the creek. "You're in a different world," Longstreet said of the creek.

4. Ophelia Chambliss will be the artist for the Lafayette Plaza

Her role will involve creating a conceptual art and design plan for the proposed greenway, according to a news release. Her work will include demonstrating how arts and culture can be included in the plans.

5. More public meetings are planned

Dates have not been set yet, but the next large public meeting will be held in the summer, Miller said. A final meeting will be scheduled in late fall or early winter.

*This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record

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