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Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is partnering with renowned Chester County developer Hankin Group to build a proposed residential community and a freestanding medical office building in the 500 block of North Queen Street in Lancaster City.

The project partners began pursuit of the development by requesting the rezoning of 3.5 acres on eight connected properties owned by Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) to Mixed Use. The zoning change is one step in a lengthy land-development-approval process.

Artist's rendering of proposed mixed-use development

If granted by Lancaster City government, Mixed Use zoning would permit a range of uses on the property, such as multi-story residential buildings, parking structures, medical offices and commercial/retail uses. A detailed plan outlining how the project could be developed will be issued after the zoning change.

“This project will continue our long-standing efforts to enhance the health and well-being of Lancaster City and beyond,” said Jan Bergen, President and CEO, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. “With Hankin’s extensive expertise, we hope to increase housing opportunities, enhance health-care services in the city and ultimately deliver an experience focused on health and wellness.”

The Lancaster City Planning Commission reviewed the partners’ rezoning request on Wednesday, June 3. The rezoning ultimately requires approval by Lancaster City Council, which could happen in late June or early July.

Recognized with numerous awards for quality, design, innovation and sustainability, Hankin Group has developed vibrant communities for more than 50 years. One of its most notable projects is Eagleview, an award-winning, mixed-use community in Chester County that dynamically mixes residential, commercial and retail uses in an environment that connects home, market and workplace.

Hankin is leading the land-development and facility-design process for the project. Hankin also plans to purchase the eight properties involved in the project from LGH and to provide project financing.

“We are at the very beginning stages of this exciting project and look forward to working with Lancaster City leaders and the community to ensure this initiative becomes an asset for the surrounding neighborhood and city,” said Robert Hankin, CEO, Hankin Group.

The project would also result in vital economic development during these challenging times and essential annual property tax revenue to Lancaster City, Hankin noted.

The proposed project would include properties owned by LGH and formerly occupied by the YMCA, as well as Owl Hill Learning Center, which plans to relocate later this year to the Liberty Place office complex in Northern Lancaster City. The project site is bordered by North Queen Street to the east, West Frederick Street to the north and North Prince Street to the west.

The project site is surrounded by a dense network of rowhomes to the north and south; Clipper Stadium and LGH’s Queen Street parking garage to the west and east, respectively.