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What would you like to see built on Harley-Davidson's west campus?

6/28/2011
 

What would you like to see built on Harley-Davidson's west campus?
By LAUREN BOYER
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 06/27/2011 05:28:41 PM EDT


York, PA - The York County Industrial Development Authority has hired a consulting firm to examine potential reuse of Harley-Davidson's 58-acre west campus.
Andrew Stern, consultant, and Andy Mears, landscape architect, both of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson in York Township, will create concept plans of the manufacturing site, which the authority will officially acquire this fall for $500,000 through a state infrastructure development grant.
"We've had several meetings with developers who were interested, and several Realtors who were interested in marketing the property," said Blanda Nace, redevelopment manager for the York County Economic Development Corporation. "The slow but steady rebound of the economy is starting to show up in some developers' minds."
The plans will be used to market the property at Route 30 and Eden Road in Springettsbury Township, where Harley-Davidson has been making motorcycles since the 1970s.
"It's sometimes difficult to visualize or picture the site as anything other than Harley-Davidson," Stern said. "The sketch offers another visualization. What if the factory wasn't there?"
Stern, a former director of economic development for Springettsbury Township, is familiar with the property, and hopes to have the plans finished in the next few months, he said.
Harley is selling the property and moving all of its local production into the newer and expanded Softail plant by fall 2011, part of a restructuring agreed upon in 2009.
Last year, Stern said his firm worked pro-bono on the project, helping the authority with the subdivision of the property, where most of the 680,000 square feet of building space is scheduled to be demolished.
Some space will be spared, including the Harley-Davidson Visitor Information Center, which contains office space and was renovated less than a decade ago.
As far as what could fill the Springettsbury Township property at Route 30 and Eden Road, "anything is on the table," Nace said. "That intersection is some prime real estate."
"The Harley name is a good thing," Stern said. "There will be people and companies that want to be associated with that name and take pride in the fact that they're next to Harley's new site."
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