Yorktowne Redevelopment Project News
04-04-2017 - YCIDA is pleased to announce the selection of Kinsley Construction, Inc. as the Yorktowne redevelopment project construction manager.
After an extensive review process of qualified local and regional firms, the YCIDA selected Kinsley Construction as the winning bidder. The contract with the construction manager was announced and voted upon at the Tuesday, April 4th YCIDA board meeting. As construction manager, Kinsley will provide cost estimates during the design phase of the project and will be responsible for securing and scheduling more than 20 different contractors as construction begins this year.
YCIDA board chair, Jack Kay stated, “Choosing a construction manager was a hard choice since we are fortunate in Central Pennsylvania to have a solid group of experienced construction firms to select from for this project. We received twelve responses to the public request for proposals for construction manager services.”
Kinsley Construction was founded in 1963 by Robert A. Kinsley. The company began as a subcontracting firm in the concrete trade and now has grown to consist of seven divisions focusing on specific areas of the construction industry.
Kinsley completed 200 projects in York city over the last 20 years. They delivered other iconic projects including the recent renovation of the former Lafayette Club for York College, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center renovation, Martin Public Library’s adaptive-reuse project, and renovations to the Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
In addition to previously renovating The Yorktowne Hotel’s lobby and eighth floor, Kinsley’s hotel experience includes renovation projects at Gettysburg Hotel and Mt. Vernon Hotel Indigo, and new hotel construction in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia.
The Gettysburg Hotel project, for which Kinsley was the general contractor, included renovations to 119 guest rooms, three conference rooms, a ballroom, three restroom areas, a college room, the lobby, and the tavern interior. This project received an Award of Merit from ABC Keystone Chapter.
For the Mt Vernon Hotel Indigo project in downtown Baltimore, Kinsley provided preconstruction planning and construction management services for the complete renovation of 162 guest rooms; meeting and board rooms; full service kitchen, bar and restaurant; offices; laundry room; and garage.
“We are fully committed to delivering the re-envisioned Yorktowne. With deep roots in the York community for over 50 years, Kinsley understands the significance of this project, and we are extremely grateful to be a part of it.” said Jon Kinsley, President and Chief Operating Officer.
04-01-2017 - YCIDA invites the public to attend a sale of the contents of the former Yorktowne Hotel on Saturday May 27, 2017 starting at 9 am at 48 East Market Street, York PA.
WHO: Toomey Auction Service will host the on-site public sale.
WHAT: The sale of the former Yorktowne Hotel contents will begin promptly at 9 am which will be auctioned by Toomey Auction Service. An anticipated timeline for specific sale items will be updated closer to the sale date online. Information regarding the sale list, photos of the sale items, and vendors that will be on-site during the sale will be updated via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Toomey-Auction-Service-263448729556/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheYorktowneHotel/. Food vendors and moving services will be available for use during the day of the public sale. A preview night will take place on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Yorktowne Hotel renovation project site. The preview event will allow the public an advance viewing of auction items that will go on sale Saturday.
WHEN: Preview: Friday, May 26, 2017 from 6-8 pm
Auction: Saturday, May 27, 2017 starting at 9 am
WHERE: Yorktowne Hotel renovation project site is located at 48 East Market Street, York, PA 17401. Market Street Parking Garage, Philadelphia Street Parking Garage, and Central Marketing Parking Deck are the closest parking locations to the center.
BONUS: Food vendors and moving services will be available on Saturday during the public sale.
03-23-2017 - YCIDA donated over 2,500 items to 13 York County based non-profits from the Yorktowne Hotel.
The finalized purchase of the historic hotel was the first step in a strategic plan for the mixed-use Yorktowne property by the YCIDA. The hotel has been closed since November 6, 2016 with a planned reopening for late 2018. Since the closing of the hotel, YCIDA staff and various community volunteers have stepped up to help clean out the hotel to get ready for construction to begin.
The YCIDA looks for ways to help to create a stronger community, create jobs, and build a better quality-of-place in York County. Through the purchase of the Yorktowne, many ways to create stronger partnerships with other York County community organizations has presented itself. One of those ways was through donating items to local non-profits to be able to provide services to individuals in need. Some of the non-profits include:
- Catholic Harvest Pantry
- Family First Health
- Freedom Center
- House of Hope
- Lehman Center – Children’s Aid Society
- Manos House
- Northeast Neighborhood Association
- Tidings of Peace Church
- York Area Housing Group – Dutch Kitchen
- York College of Pennsylvania
- York County SPCA
- YWCA of York – ACCESS York.
John Ellis, Volunteer Coordinator of LifePath Christian Ministries (formerly York Rescue Mission) noted, “The donations from the Yorktowne helped over 80 individuals in both our men’s and women’s ministries with the basic needs of sleep and personal hygiene.” Some of the items donated to LifePath included personal care items, toiletries, bed linens, bath towels, comforters, duvets, and blankets, three truckloads of blankets in fact.
Donations like these help to fill in the gaps and meet the needs of the clients they service daily for organizations like LifePath, House of Hope, and YWCA ACCESS-York.
HOUSE OF HOPE was given the opportunity to meet many needs in their four rooms that are outfitted to provide shelter for troubled teenage girls, ages 13-17, and their families, through the donated hotel items. Items you wouldn’t think to donate like, towel racks, luggage caddies, towel sets, coffee pots and mugs, shower curtains, pillows, alarm clocks, microwaves, chairs, a floor lamp, and a love seat. Lori Zeigler, executive director of House of Hope stated, “The donations we received from the Yorktowne can provide more towards the personal care of the girls we aid then their families are able to provide them with.”
YWCA ACCESS-YORK has need for their shelter rooms and apartments. Because the hotel has closed, items such as mattresses, box springs, sheet sets, blankets, pillows, pack n’ plays, mattress pads, bed skirts, and comforters were welcomed to ACCESS with open arms.
11-07-2016 - The public was invited to help fuel ideas for the future Yorktowne property.
Members of the community who are interested in helping to be a part of the future vision of the City of York and the Yorktowne Property are asked to attend, “Re-Envision the Yorktowne,” an interactive community forum. The forum will focus on sharing ideas and brainstorming in an after-work atmosphere. Attendees will be given a chance to enjoy happy hour and collaborate with community stakeholders and members on how to make the Yorktowne a centerpiece of York’s thriving downtown.
The YCIDA came up with the idea to hold a public event so that everyone’s ideas will be heard regarding what they want the Yorktowne Property to add to the York downtown community and surrounding neighborhoods.
The York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) announced on January 5, 2016 that it finalized the purchase of the historic Yorktowne Hotel on December 18, 2015. The purchase of the hotel was the first step in a strategic plan for the mixed-use Yorktowne property. The project received a $10 million-dollar grant from Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The hotel closed on Sunday, November 6, 2016, with a planned reopening for late 2018.
What: “Re-Envision the Yorktowne”, interactive community forum
When: Monday, November 21, 2016 starting at 5 pm
Where: Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 North George Street, York PA 17401 (Studio entrance on West Philadelphia Street)
11-01-2016 - York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) is proud to announce the architect & engineering firm selected for the Yorktowne Project is NuTec Group.
Nutec Group was founded in 1986 and is a professionally owned, client-driven, and an award-winning firm. They service a variety of private and public clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
Nutec Group’s affiliate companies, Nutec Design Associates, Inc. and JDB Engineering will be working on this project, in collaboration with hotel experts, BHC, Architects LLP. Nutec Design will provide architectural design, structural, and civil engineering services, while JDB Engineering will focus on the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design process. BHC Architects was founded in 1880 and has provided design services to a wide range of clients and services the hospitality market.
“This project will breathe new life into a community gem, and return the Yorktowne to its rightful status as the heart and soul of downtown York! We’re beyond thrilled to play a role in the rejuvenation and heritage conservation of the Yorktowne,” stated Scott Buchart, Vice President of JDB Engineering, Inc.
- Greenway Tech Centre - Greenway Tech Centre, the former Dallmeyer Building was converted for office use; the project entailed construction of a new four-story addition, as well as a new underground parking structure.
- York County Administrative Center - The York County Administrative Center was a renovation and adaptive reuse of the former York County Court House.
- York County Human Services Center - The York County Human Services Center, formerly known as the Bon-Ton Department Store was modernized to serve as the new human services center.
- All buildings noted above are in the City of York and have a historical significance to York’s heritage and history.
NUTEC AND BHC PROJECTS
- Wills Wharf– the complex includes a 157-key hotel and was designed to obtain LEED Gold certification.
- Ronald McDonald House – a new 6-story facility with 65 guest rooms, dining room, living rooms, laundry, and meeting space. The building was designed to obtain LEED Silver certification.
THE YORKTOWNE PROJECT - The York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) announced on January 5, 2016 that it finalized the purchase of the historic Yorktowne Hotel on December 18, 2015. The purchase of the hotel was the first step in a strategic plan for the Yorktowne property. The project received a $10 million-dollar grant from Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The hotel will close as of Sunday, November 6, 2016, with a planned reopening for 2018.
“The Yorktowne Project could not come at a better time to join in the York community’s revitalization efforts contributing to a better York for all of us. The IDA’s vision for the Yorktowne Project is to enhance the property’s overall value in helping to create a vibrant and thriving downtown, especially as a main connection point between burgeoning neighborhoods,” said Jack Kay, YCIDA Chairman.
ABOUT THE YCIDA - The YCIDA is a governmental entity that champions redevelopment projects and serves as a conduit issuer of tax-exempt financing within York County. The Board Members of the YCIDA are appointed by the York County Commissioners. Projects of note include the creation of three industrial parks, PeoplesBank Park, Marketview Arts, and the Harley-Davidson West Campus redevelopment project.