York and Adams Smart Growth Coalition

Public Forum: New Uses for Old Buildings


The Coalition for Smart Growth Presents:

New Uses for Old Buildings – Making it Work for You

Free Public Forum on October 25, 2012 - 6:30 pm

The Barn at Manor View Inn, 360 Weaver Road, Lancaster


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The towns and villages of Lancaster County have a wealth of beautiful and historic buildings ready for new life, but how does the small investor or entrepreneur navigate the web of building codes, municipal approvals, and financing regulations to make adaptive reuse affordable and practical?

The Coalition for Smart Growth will present  ‘New Uses for Old Buildings – Making It Work for You ‘ on Thursday, October 25th when expert panelists will discuss their experiences reusing existing buildings:

  • State Senator Lloyd Smucker, the author of the recently enacted Historic Preservation Incentive Act that will encourage preservation and reuse of older buildings across the Commonwealth. He recently introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow the creation of City Revitalization & Improvement Zones (CRIZ) to help pave the way for greater business investment in the City of Lancaster and other 3rd Class cities. The Senator will speak to both of these topics.
  • Jeff Helm, Columbia Borough Code Enforcement Officer will address the challenges presented by the Uniform Building Code and offer suggestions on how communities can encourage new use of underutilized downtown buildings and historic structures.
  • Ken Hammel, Principal at Hammel Associates Architects, will describe his experience in rehabilitating downtown buildings into dynamic commercial spaces with beautiful living spaces above.  Ken will also discuss options available through the Federal and Pennsylvania Historic Tax Credit programs.
  • Leslie Reese, owner of The Quilt Ledger in Christiana will share her experiences in converting a one room school house into a vibrant retail shop featuring quilts, fabrics and notions..
  • Holly Hartman, Vice  President of National Penn Bank, will provide information on financing options for small businesses and investors  interested in purchasing and renovating an existing building and address with attention to such topics as cost versus appraisal and  typical loan terms..

The panelists will also be available to answer questions relating to local incentives, funding sources and design guidelines for repurposing existing buildings in urban, suburban, and rural areas.   Doors open at 5:30 pm, so please join us early to network, share light refreshments, and explore the Old Country Barn – a traditional Lancaster County structure that has new life as a popular meetings and reception venue.  The forum is offered free of charge, but please register for the event using the link above.


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