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Zakies Building - One Year Later Click on the photo to view the YDR Gallery.

Zakies Building - One Year Later

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Weinbrom Building  - One Year Later Click on the photo to view the YDR Gallery.

Weinbrom Building  - One Year Later

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Woolworth Building - One Year Later Click on the photo to view the YDR Gallery.

Woolworth Building - One Year Later

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New tenants set to fill Glazin's property

When Glazin’ shut the doors to its Duke Street shop in September, it left a sizable hole in the heart of York’s Royal Square district.

That hole was filled Thursday when officials from Taste Test said they will soon inhabit the two properties on South Duke Street.

“We’ve been talking to a lot of people for a while (about the space) and when (Taste Test) came about, we stopped our search,” Dylan Bauer, vice president of development with Royal Square Development and Construction, said. “I think Taste Test brings a group of adventurous eaters to Royal Square over and over.”

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Locals turn skateboards into art for fundraiser

The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Bond – at 134 E. King St., York – and includes a car smash, food from King Brät Gourmet Hotdogs and live music by Seasonal, Weird Year and Sleepy Limbs.

Beer from Collusion Tap Works will also be for sale.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the participating artists, The Parliament and Reid Menzer Memorial Skate Park, which was created to give skaters a safe place to practice.

Visit The Parliament’s Facebook page for more information.

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National House porches rebuilt in York

The National House, at the intersection of West Market and Beaver streets in York, has changed its look several times since the original building was constructed in the early 19th century.

But with its current renovation, the look isn't going to change.

Fiberglass posts and composite decking will replace wood, according to Steve Mansberger, a job supervisor for RSDC, formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction.

The composite decking, or floor, of the porches will have seals to keep water from seeping into the wooden structure below.


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Insurance Services United relocates to newly renovated building

An insurance agency has a new home in downtown York.

Insurance Services United, an insurance agency which previously purchased the building at 123 E. Market St., opened the new location earlier this month. The 6,000-square-foot office building is the former location of Bailey Travel.

Insurance Services United and Royal Square Development and Construction, a development, design and construction company spent nearly a year going through the process of locating a building, purchasing, renovating and officially opening the new office.

Isaac's among future tenants in downtown York

Isaac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches will be moving in to downtown York City at the corner of West Market and South Beaver streets, according to Royal Square Development, which is leasing the space to the restaurant.

Dylan Bauer, Royal Square's vice president of development, presented the plan to bring the sandwich chain and four boutique stores to the first block of South Beaver Street during the York County Economic Alliance's monthly breakfast Wednesday morning.

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Photos: Renovations underway to former F.W. Woolworth building in York

Renovation work is underway at the former F.W. Woolworth building on West Market Street in York.

RSDC, formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction, is turning the building, once home to a five-and-dime store, into 2,500 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 21 apartments on the upper floors.

Woolworth's closed in October 1997, leaving behind memories from a time when department stores were located downtown rather than in suburban shopping centers.


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Old-time candy store planned for downtown York

Michelina "Mikey" Shirey plans to tap into York County's sweet tooth and sense of nostalgia.

The Springettsbury Township resident plans to open Memory Lane Sweets in downtown York early next year.

What Shirey calls a "vintage-style candy shop" will be in one of the retail spaces along the South Beaver Street side of the former Weinbrom Jewelers building.

RSDC, the company formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction, is renovating the building at the corner of South Beaver and West Market streets for a first-floor restaurant, and retail spaces and apartments on the two upper floors.

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Carol Oldenburg to open art studio in Royal Square

Carol Oldenburg is one of York County's best-known visual artists.

Oldenburg's works have been displayed at YorkArts, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington and at galleries in South Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and California.

Her work was included in the art exhibit at the State Museum of Pennsylvania that was part of the celebration of Gov. Tom Wolf's inauguration in January 2015. 

She's also part of the State Museum's current show of work by Pennsylvania artists, and her drawing, "Harvest Moon," received the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing. In recent years, Oldenburg has been creating her art work in a studio in the converted garage of her York city home

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Collusion Tap Works brewery to open in York

After more than a year of planning, building, dreaming and brewing, Collusion Tap Works is nearing completion and will open soon in the Royal Square neighborhood of York.

“It’s about time,” Collusion co-owner Jared Barnes laughed.

Barnes, a brewer for six years, hasn’t been able to brew beer since he left Wyndridge Farms in Dallastown while planning to open Collusion Tap Works.

“Getting back into a brewery is essential for me,” Barnes said. “I’m ready to get back into the fold.”Barnes studied under the World Brewing Academy — a joint program between Doemens Academy and the Seibel Institute of Technology in Chicago — where he received his Master Brewer’s certification.


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Restaurant coming to Zakie's building in York

A restaurant and bar are in the works at one key piece of real estate in downtown York.

Diane Coppola, a Hanover-based pizza shop owner, has signed a lease at 25-27 W. Market St., which housed Bourbon Street Saloon and Evolution Nightclub, previously Zakie's Nightclub.

Coppola, who owns Sal's Pizza & Subs in Hanover, said she and her family are collaborating on a full-service restaurant.

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Royal Square ponders artist housing

The properties involved are 117-119, 121, 127, 129, 137 E. Princess St. and 146 and 148 S. Howard St. All are owned by the city's Redevelopment Authority, which owns many of the city's abandoned properties.

Bauer said it is still to be determined how this will work. He said a couple of the buildings are in very rough shape, so it's unclear how much of a potential project would be renovation and how much would be new construction.

Business is up in downtown York

Over the past five years, significantly more businesses have opened in downtown York than have closed, showing a trend toward growth in the center of the city, Daily Record research shows.

At least 37 brick-and-mortar businesses have opened downtown since 2011, according to multiple sources, including Downtown Inc. An additional four are scheduled to open this year. During the same period, at least seven similarly categorized businesses have closed.


In York, a garden - and a space for businesses - grows...

It has gone from being an “overgrown dumping grounds to a skillfully designed urban oasis,” with a garden generating food for organizations like the York Rescue Mission.

Organizers in downtown York this Saturday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m. will unveil the new “Royal Square Garden,” both for what it represents now and what it could mean in the near future.

The garden is located in York’s Royal Square District at 110 S. Howard St., behind the wedding and event space the Bond Building.

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Apartments for artists could be coming to Royal Square

RSDC will pay the RDA $1,000 for the 12-month option, which is renewable for an additional 12 months.

The option gives RSDC and its partner, which Bauer declined to name at this point, time to pursue the project without having to worry about another developer buying the parcels —a mix of buildings and vacant land— from the RDA. RSDC would still have to negotiate a purchase price.

Bauer declined at this point to provide many details about the plans, including how many apartments would be built and for how much they would lease.

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Plan to replace porches around Holy Hound advances

It is still to be determined what color everything is going to be, he told The York Dispatch after the meeting. But during the meeting he said the owners were leaning toward a color much like that of a manila folder, which would be a significant departure from the dark green it is now.

That will be fine, though, HARB's members decided, because the black-and-white photos showing the original columns from around 1900 don't make it clear what color the columns were.

Board member Teresa Johnescu asked the all-important question: "How's this gonna affect the Holy Hound?"


Crispus Attucks students get HYPE'd to volunteer

Twelve students from the Crispus Attucks Youthbuild Charter School worked on a soon-to-come community garden and courtyard located in Royal Square on Wednesday evening.

It was their first day on the job, but they laughed and joked with each other while shoveling dirt, pushing barrels and moving heavy equipment.

The students were volunteering through the Crispus Attucks HYPE program. The program works with local businesses and organizations to get youth volunteering in the community while also developing their professional skills.

Can small business revitalize York?

Cities seeking revitalization need a cooperative effort from government, business and industry, community members and civic groups and nonprofits all working together, or so was the consensus coming out of the historic Yorktowne Hotel in York City recently.

The second installment of York College's Henry D Schmidt Lecture Series, dubbed "Entrepreneurship as a Tool to Revitalize our Cities 2.0," drew 90 registered attendees Wednesday, including top area business leaders, small-business owners and interested community members.

Who's moving into the new apartments in downtown York?

"I only looked in the city," he said of his apartment search.

Carter, 48, is among people moving into new, upscale apartments in York. Many, developers say, are people new to York who have  moved into the city from the York County suburbs or from outside the area.

The city is about to see more upscale apartment units as four developers are vying to build housing in York's Northwest Triangle.


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Downtown York set for many 2016 additions

Several groups with a vested interest in improving downtown York City have been working together as the area sees more business growth in 2016 than any year in recent memory.

Speaking at a recent Downtown Update meeting, Natalie Williams, Downtown Inc's small business liaison, outlined seven restaurants or breweries that had already opened or expanded downtown this year and nine more that are planning to open or expand by this fall.

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Royal Square breaks ground on broad West Market project

The three buildings in the first block of West Market Street in York City, like many of their neighbors, have been empty for years. One was a cavernous nightclub, another once upon a time was a department store, the third an old jeweler.

But the plan is by the end of next year, they will be full of retailers on the ground floors and residents in high-end apartments that'll be called Revi Flats.

New downtown York apartments get name: REVI Flats

REVI Flats is the name of apartments planned as part of a Market Square redevelopment effort in York, the company working on the project said.

The project, a mix of residential and commercial space, includes the former Weinbrom Jewelers, F.W. Woolworth and Zakie's nightclub buildings on West Market Street.


Royal Square to redevelop youth center, Masonic lodge

The turreted and domed red-brick building across the street from Central Market in York City over the next few years could come to contain anything from apartments to office space to a club.

The York Rescue Mission has sold its youth center at 55 W. Philadelphia St. to the city's Redevelopment Authority, which on Wednesday voted to authorize staff to enter into an agreement with Royal Square Development to undertake substantial work on the palatial old brick building.

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York arcade will open with 'Walking Dead' actors

Remember the days – before kids had cell phones – when playing arcade games was a pastime?

The days when kids used to spend all day trying to beat each other’s high scores just for the fun of playing – not to win a prize.

That’s what Brandon Spencer is trying to bring back at Timeline Arcade..

A fresh South Duke Street in York

The Hamilton Building at 31 South Duke St. in York is finished and partially rented as newly painted facades transform the city street a block away.

The building contains six apartments and will rent from between $650 to $700 per month. All utilities and spaces have been updated with hardwood floors retained where possible.


Royal Square receives $8.5 million tax credit to begin W. Market St. project

An economic development group will announce on Wednesday its allocation of a multi-million dollar New Market Tax Credits investment toward funding a project in York City's Central Business District.

Community First Fund, which was awarded a $30 million allocation of credits from the U.S. Department of Treasury in June, is holding a press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Beaver and Market streets with Royal Square Development, which is receiving $8.5 million in credits.

Former Lafayette Club building gifted to York College

The East Market Street building in York City that served as a social gathering place for York's business leaders for more than a century will soon serve as a hub to connect future potential business leaders with the city.

In a letter sent out to faculty from president Pamela Gunter-Smith on Wednesday, York College announced it will move its Center for Community Engagement into the building at 59 E. Market St., which previously housed the Lafayette Club, an exclusive social gathering and networking organization that first opened in 1898

56 Urban Provisions switching to all-food format

56 Urban Provisions, the corner food market, clothing and vintage goods store Royal Square Development and Construction opened last year, will change to an all-food format by the end of September.

The shop, operated by Royal Square's retail arm, Oliver & Co., will expand its current food offerings by adding a produce section with organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables; grab-and-go items like yogurt, bagels and fruit and an expanded coffee selection, including bagged coffee from York's Green Bean Roasting Co. and Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.


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Otto's Kitchen & Cocktails taps Baltimore celebrity chef as consultant

York foodies now know who will be part of the team planning the menu when Otto's Kitchen & Cocktails opens late this summer in the North George Street space formerly occupied by Bistro 19.

Otto's owners — Robert Faucette and local burrito baron Robert McGrath, who calls himself "Rob Burrito" — have tapped Baltimore celebrity chef Sarah Acconcia as a consultant.

Acconcia was a contestant on Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay" and Baltimore City Paper's pick as "Best Chef" in 2014. Her resume includes stops in the kitchen at a host of Baltimore eateries including Woodberry Kitchen, 13.5 percent Wine Bar and Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill, where she is executive chef.

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Friends bring craft cocktails and comfort food to York City's former Bistro 19

Three friends will bring a longtime dream to reality next month when they open a restaurant and bar together in their hometown.

Otto's Kitchen & Cocktails is scheduled to open in late August at 19 N. George St., the site of the former Bistro 19 in York City.

Robert Faucette and Rob Burrito, formerly Rob McGrath, have operated Roburrito's popular burrito shops together in York and Lancaster for a few years. They've been friends for much longer, Faucette said.

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The homegrown, humble king of York City's downtown revitalization - Part 1

Walking up and down Duke Street in downtown York, Josh Hankey can hardly contain the excitement brimming from his clean-shaven face as he points out each property either successfully renovated or well on its way with a distinct vision in mind.

Wearing a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt and jeans because he's planning on walking through construction areas on this day, the usually suited-up Hankey, 37, doesn't often reflect on his company's successes, because there's no time. Not with so much of the city still just sitting there, waiting to be revitalized.

As president and CEO of Royal Square Development and Construction, Hankey is a huge part of a renaissance in a downtown that lately seems to have some major announcement or new business opening daily.


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The homegrown, humble king of York City's downtown revitalization - Part 2

Without a desire to go to college or a definitive end goal, Josh Hankey didn't know what his next step should be after high school. But he knew he had to do something, and following his father's footsteps into the military was the something that he decided on.

"I didn't join the military because I had some big (inclination) to go join the military; I just wanted to do something, and the military has a way of forcing you to do things," the 37-year-old said, laughing.

Although the Red Lion Area High School graduate believed he would travel and see the world, Hankey spent the majority of his nine years in the Army near Baltimore, at Fort Meade, as a satellite communications technician.

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The homegrown, humble king of York City's downtown revitalization - Part 3

Alexandra Dwyer had left York when she was 17 to pursue internships and jobs in the music and magazine industries, but three years later she was forced to move back and not too happy about it.

Not wanting to move in with her mom or grandma, she and three other friends were invited to live at 116 E. King St. The current tenant, a friend of Dwyer's, said he needed some help paying the rent. As it turned out, the help was coming a little too late.

"We moved in and immediately realized the electric, water and gas were off," Dwyer said, but the women continued unpacking, undeterred.

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See who made our 2015 Forty Under 40 class

The Central Penn Business Journal is proud to announce the winners of its 21st annual Forty Under 40 awards, which recognize up-and-coming leaders in Central Pennsylvania.

The winners include attorneys and accountants, CEOs and chefs. They will be honored Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at the Hilton Harrisburg. Winners are listed alphabetically by last name.


Royal Square Development's co-working space to have grand opening on May 28

Royal Square Development & Construction will host the grand opening of its Union Shared Workspace on May 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Downtown Inc. will hold a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

The co-working space is located at 110 S. Queen St. in York on the south side of The Bond, Royal Square Development's wedding and events venue.

Union Shared Workspace is office space where, for a monthly fee, tenants rent a desk or a private office and share amenities including a lounge, conference room and office equipment.

Royal Square's The Bond opens Saturday with fashion show

For the new downtown York industrial wedding and events venue, the name is Bond — The Bond — and it'll hold its grand opening on Saturday.

The $1.5 million, 40,000-square-foot redevelopment project pulled off by Royal Square Development Group has been in the works for nearly three years, said Alexandra Dwyer, vice president of research development.

The grand opening at The Bond, 134 E. King St., will feature The Parliament Arts Organization's third annual Spring Forward fashion and art event.

Young professionals roundtable set for May 22

Real estate lending and development, personal and commercial insurance, marketing and communications, and membership director for a chamber of commerce.

These are the faces that represent midstate organizations for young professionals.

On Friday, May 22, the Central Penn Business Journal will host a live roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. with the six YP groups in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties...


Restaurant, doughnut shop, glassworks among new Royal Square attractions

Hand-crafted glasswork, specialty doughnuts and a cocktail bar are among the additions coming to the Royal Square neighborhood, according to Royal Square Development Group.

Dylan Bauer, Royal Square's vice president of real estate development, confirmed Monday that the four new businesses the company announced on a guide map Sunday are scheduled to open by end of summer.

New plans for Market Street in York

Royal Square Development and Construction is under contract to buy the Police Heritage Museum building on West Market Street and plans to turn the building into retail space, an executive with the company said.

The deal hasn't closed yet, but the developer is already talking with a prospective retail tenant who would lease the entire 7,400-square-foot building, Dylan Bauer, Royal Square's director of real estate development, said late Thursday.

Downtown Inc, Royal Square celebrate growth, development in York City

Royal Square Development and Construction's Dylan Bauer said his focus is on what's best for downtown York.

The director of real estate development and property management presented the company's plans to about 160 people at Tuesday's Downtown Update, hosted by Downtown Inc at the Strand-Capitol Studio.


Bistro 19 building to become restaurant again, Royal Square Development says

Royal Square Development and Construction is under contract to buy the North George Street building that formerly housed Bistro 19 and plans to bring in an experienced restaurateur to open a restaurant there, a Royal Square executive said.

The new eatery at 19-21 N. George St. is expected to open in early-to-mid-summer, Dylan Bauer, Royal Square's vice president of real estate development said Monday.

Royal Square gets $1.25M grant for streetscape

An up-and-coming commercial and arts district in the heart of York City will soon be looking a bit greener thanks to $1.25 million state grant awarded to the YWCA York, officials announced on Friday.

The money will used for a streetscape plan to improve the Royal Square area of the city, said Josh Hankey, CEO of Royal Square Development and Construction, which owns a large swath of land in the area boarded by East King, South Queen, East Princess and South Duke streets.

Royal Square Development scores more stores for downtown York city

It isn't supposed to be official yet, but a map of the Royal Square district in downtown York includes four new businesses expected to open later this year.

The map of the district was being distributed Sunday at district businesses during the annual Olde York Street Fair.

Dylan Bauer, the vice president of real estate development for the company, said the maps were not supposed to be released yet, but that he would soon be able to comment on the new businesses.


Renovations planned for 101 E. Market St., other Royal Square projects

The owners of one of downtown York's more high-profile buildings are priming it for a renewal.

Royal Square Development and Construction is targeting May to begin renovations to the four-story building at 101 E. Market Street that houses H&R Block.

The Bond wedding venue gets a $250,000 investment from Downtown Renaissance Fund

Downtown Renaissance Fund is investing $250,000 in The Bond, a new wedding venue, co-working and industrial artists space being developed in York's Royal Square neighborhood.

"We're very much interested in bringing more people downtown and we're excited to invest in a project that will bring more young people downtown," William Hartman, the fund's chairman, said.

Developers have big plans for York City's Woolworth building

If all goes as planned, an active York City developer will take ownership of the F. W. Woolworth building on Market Street and continue an expansion of renovations across the city.

Last week, York City's Redevelopment Authority approved a six-month option-to-buy agreement with Royal Square Development/Susquehanna Renovations for the building at 44-50 W. Market St.


Tenants of Royal Square in York discuss Bond announcement, artistic plans

On April 18, Royal Square Development Group introduced artists, creatives and community members to The Bond. A coworking area, event venue and artisan space are planned in the former Bond Sanitation warehouse — on the corner of South Queen Street and East King Street.

The redevelopment project is the physical embodiment of the artistic energy that's been brewing on the block for about three years. Several art collectives and galleries have popped up in the area dubbed Royal Square. Stakeholders in the area offered progress reports and shared thoughts about The Bond.

The name’s Bond. Bond Building. Will it have a productive future?

The cavernous building served as a Studebaker dealership in the 1920s. One directory of York dealerships  in 1930-31 lists the Anderson Motor Co., King and Queen streets, as seller of Cadillacs, Lasalles, Studebakers and Erskines. It was a time that sellers of automobiles and other vehicles had large in-town buildings.

The Old Stetler Dodge dealership is now the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, and an oldHudson dealership houses Exchange City. The York County Heritage Trust’s 250 E. Market St. museum is J.W. Richley’s former Buick dealership. So Bond was a pioneering York County auto dealer Will the old building of this groundbreaking auto dealership have a productive future in pioneering the arts?

Dudes and Brews: Royal Square's First Friday aimed at guys

June's First Friday, hosted by Royal Square Neighborhood, will be defined by two words: Dudes and Brews.

The downtown event will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday on Duke Street between Princess and King streets. The block will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m.

From beer samplings and classic car displays to BLTs and retro video games, Friday will be all about the guys, Royal Square's vice president of retail development Alexandra Dwyer said.

"I'm excited because usually (First Fridays) go more toward women," Dwyer said. "This one is all geared toward the guys, finally."