Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

Sycamore Square Marketplace Recognized for Smart Design

(Left-right): Eric Menzer, Wagman Construction; Craig Smith, RGS Associates; Bro. Raymond E. Tierney, COO-Retirement Living for Masonic Villages; Peter Whipple, Elizabethtown Borough Manager; and Jack Kay, Susquehanna Real Estate

Sycamore Square, located on the property of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, received the 2008 Envision Lancaster County Leadership Award for a Large Project in the Sustainable Growth Category. The design of the four-building marketplace was recognized for its partnerships, effectiveness, degree of community involvement and its ability to be replicated.

Comprising 24 acres of the Masonic Village campus' 1,400 acres, Sycamore Square was developed with the cooperation of Masonic Village, Elizabethtown Economic Development Corporation, Susquehanna Real Estate and Wagman Construction, Inc. The project achieves some important goals for the Masonic Village by providing convenient services to residents and staff while also enhancing the aesthetics of the front of the campus. Since the developer assumed the costs of renovating the buildings and marketing them to businesses, the Masonic Village benefits from the potential income from the leases without incurring any costs.

The marketplace consists of four buildings which originally housed a paint shop, garage, laundry and powerhouse. After renovations, the buildings offer 26,000 square feet of space for professional, restaurant, commercial or retail establishments. A separate endeavor to support the marketplace initiative and the need for more retirement living accommodations, the apartments were constructed in 2007 and 2008 and contain 126 units.

A business has signed a lease for one of the marketplace buildings and will move in between March and April 2009. To discuss leasing opportunities, please contact Jack Kay at (717) 852-2365 or via e-mail.


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