Shoppes at Belmont News – $14mil Hotel!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 11:39 am

By: Tim Mekeel, Lancasteronline.com

When hotelier Justin Shelton imagines the perfect site for an extended-stay property, his vision includes restaurants and a grocery store being within walking distance.

So when he thinks about his firm’s latest Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel, now under construction in the Belmont mixed-use development on Fruitville Pike, Shelton’s happy.

“We look for support amenities — restaurants, grocery stores, places to grab a beer and a bottle of wine. Obviously, Belmont brings all that and then some,” said Shelton on Wednesday.

York-based Springwood Hospitality, which Shelton serves as president, broke ground Friday on the 123-room, four-story hotel. Completion is expected in summer 2018, creating 30 jobs.

LNP reported in December that Springwood intended to develop a Home2 Suites hotel at the 1580 Fruitville Pike property, between Dillerville Road and the Route 30/283 interchange.

Though Shelton declined to disclose the Manheim Township project’s cost, industry sources estimated the total cost at $14 million.

That includes $2.5 million to buy the 5.4-acre site from Belmont’s developer, courthouse records show.

It also includes the cost of constructing the roughly 68,000-square-foot building — $7.8 million, according to a township permit. That excludes the cost of furniture, linens and other expenses.

The Home2 Suites, next to the historic Mayer-Hess farmhouse, on the west side of Fruitville Pike, is being constructed where the former farm’s barn once stood. (The barn was disassembled and moved to Elizabethtown, where it will be reassembled.)

Parts of the Home2 Suites and Belmont projects will address the accessibility of the hotel by car and the accessibility of Belmont by foot.

Springwood will pay for the creation of a right-turn lane into the hotel site from southbound Fruitville Pike.

Northbound Fruitville Pike will get a left-turn lane into the hotel property, at the expense of Belmont’s developers.

Belmont’s developers also will install a traffic light there, as was previously reported, and a crosswalk across Fruitville Pike.

When Home2 Suites guests walk to Belmont, they’ll find a Whole Foods grocery store and cafe, a state liquor store and a half-dozen restaurants, including a P.F. Chang’s. The stores and restaurants, dubbed the Shoppes at Belmont, are due to open in the spring.

“They can use the cross walk, go across the street and get to just about anything they’d want,” said Shelton.

Completion of the Home2 Suites, as well as hotels in Frederick, Maryland, and York that Springwood also has under construction, will give Springwood 11 hotels.

That total includes two on Lincoln Highway East, across the street from Dutch Wonderland and Applebee’s — a Tru by Hilton that opened in June and a Fairfield Inn & Suites that opened in June 2016.

While construction of the Home2 Suites just started, restoration of the vacant Mayer-Hess farmhouse’s exterior continues. Begun in late May, the work is costing $350,000.

A September completion is expected. The Shoppes at Belmont’s developer is paying for the work.

The brick mansion, painted white, was built in 1870. The three-story building contains about 5,000 square feet. An office tenant is being sought.


AOL Founder Heads to Lancaster to Boost Tech Innovators

Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 11:20 pm

Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour will come to Lancaster in October as small-city entrepreneurs make a pitch for $100,000 investment.

Jeff Hawkes, Lancaster Online

This worry motivates AOL co-founder Steve Case: America’s prosperity could be at risk if venture capital continues to flow to Silicon Valley and other elite tech hubs at the expense of the rest of the country.

An economic evangelist for America’s heartland, Case, 58, in recent years has been on a mission to redirect critical investment to innovators in places like Cincinnati, Des Moines and Albuquerque.

And for one day in October, Case will turn his attention to Lancaster.

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Shoppes at Belmont on schedule for early 2018 opening

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 4:52 pm

USCR was there in the beginning, representing the property owners in this important sale. We continue to be excited as we follow the development of the Shoppes at Belmont…ON SCHEDULE!

By Jason Scott, Central Penn Business Journal

A much-anticipated shopping center in Manheim Township is on schedule to open in early 2018, according to the Lancaster County contractor leading the construction effort. Continue reading Shoppes at Belmont on schedule for early 2018 opening

SOLD – 1.9 Acres in Lititz

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Listed and sold by U.S. Commercial Realty, ±1.92 acres was purchased by Christian Brothers Automotive for the development of a new automotive repair shop at the corner of Trolley Run Road and Highlands Drive in Lititz.


Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 8:42 pm

U.S. Commercial is pleased to announce the leasing of prime office space at 1555 Highlands Drive to Independent Educators of America, LLC. The 3-building mostly medical and affiliated use campus is located across from Heart of Lancaster Hospital and owned by Buck Hill Offices, LP. Contact Michael Wagner for information on additional space available.

Manheim investors hope $1.55M incubator can help replicate Lititz’s buzz in their borough

Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 12:39 am


By Tim McKeel, Lancaster Online

Manheim businessman T.J. Mousetis sees the advantages that Lititz Borough and Lancaster city get from their bustling downtowns.

The entrepreneurs. The investments. The visitors. The customers. The creativity. The energy. The buzz.

And if Lititz and Lancaster can reap those benefits, Mousetis wonders, why not Manheim?

Continue reading Manheim investors hope $1.55M incubator can help replicate Lititz’s buzz in their borough