This is the weekend when York looks like the set for “American Graffiti.”
The 42nd Annual Street Rod Nationals East is at the York Expo Center, but the street rods have been spotted all around town this week, from diners to hotels, they’ll be downtown for the street rod parade at noon Friday.
York Dispatch photographers Dawn J. Sagert and Bill Kalina found some early birds here on Thursday, a sampling of the 4,000 customized street rods to be found at the show.
A largely underused building in the heart of York City will once again be a bustle of activity as its massive renovation project gets underway.
The massive One MarketWay West will be home to a restaurant, a flagship bank branch, apartments, an underground parking garage and more, said the father and daughter team who owns the building that was once Bear’s Department Store.
The owners and a redevelopment official say the amenities will not only attract people to the city for a bite to eat but also bring more residents to its downtown core.
“There will be people living here. There will be people coming back to the city,” said Patricia Will, a partner with One West, the company that owns the building.
York City Council will hold an executive session with the city’s solicitor during the next few weeks to determine whether to push forward with an informational hearing about the issues between the city and the local police union that almost resulted in the firing of two officers.
Council president Carol Hill-Evans said Wednesday night that she expects the session to be held within the next couple of weeks, at which point the members will decide what direction to take.
At the end of last month, city officials publicly acknowledged their intentions to fire officers Michael Davis and Jeremy Mayer, both local police union officials, for what the city characterized as their poor handling of another officer’s accusations of a criminal enterprise within the police department.
The city and the police union reached a settlement that ultimately allowed both officers to stay on the force, but many questions about the allegations made against the department, its investigation of itself, why the city sought action against the two officers and the settlement the city and union came to have been unanswered, council members said Wednesday.
Memorial Hospital held a public forum at the West Manchester Township building that allowed community members to view the plans for the replacement hospital.
Here are some of their concerns:
Deb Kauffman, CEO of White Rose Credit Union attended because her business is located near the new hospital. She is concerned about traffic but hopes the new hospital will bring in some more business.
Will there be speed bumps? Traffic lights? Reduced speed? These are all questions Doreen Lehr had after seeing the photos of the plan because she lives right at the entrance on Roosevelt Road. She says during rush hour it takes her five to 10 minutes to get out of her driveway as it is and people speed. They’ll have to expand the road, her husband, Joseph Lehr suggested.
Cinco de Mayo may be a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. But for restaurants in York County, the holiday is a big boost to the bottom line.
El Serrano’s two locations in Springettsbury Township and Lancaster, for example, are expected to do three to four times the business they do on a typical Tuesday, said Melanie Torres, who manages the Lancaster location.
Mexitaly, a Springettsbury Township eatery whose menu features Mexican food, pizza and craft beer made on the premises, is bringing in extra help for Cinco de Mayo and ordering 20 percent more food ingredients than usual, owner Greg Skirboll said.
At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the district should have a fund balance of about $6.7 million. That helps provide a cushion, he said, as the money the district gets does not all come in at once.
One of the final pieces to fully connect the York County Heritage Rail Trail will officially open with pomp and circumstance Wednesday.
The newly constructed 2.5-mile section of the rail trail just north of York City will connect with the trail’s northern extension and all but connects with the trail’s southern portion.
The new section runs from the intersection of Route 30 and Loucks Mill Road in Springettsbury Township north along the east side of the Codorus Creek to Emig Road in Manchester Township.
Gwen Loose, executive director of the rail trail authority, did a final walk-through of a new trail bridge at Emig Road that ties the new section to the northern extension and was met by people already traversing the trail.
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Instead of the first capital, York should be called the trash capital of the United States, one resident told the City Council on Tuesday night.
Soiled diapers, cat waste and other household garbage pile up in alleys and on sidewalks, creating horrendous odors and an appalling situation across the city, said Teresa Johnescu, who lives at 31 S. Queen St.
Two other Olde Towne East residents spoke during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s council meeting, urging council members to address the city’s trash problem.
“I’ve never seen trash like it anywhere else,” Judy Fry said after she addressed the council. Fry, who lives on East Locust Street, said she recently came home and found plastic foam packing materials, paper plates and plastic bags strewn all over the alleyway behind her house.
A new report gives the York area high marks as a place for locating a distribution center.
Access to a rail line and the Port of Baltimore and comparatively low labor costs make the area one of the best places in the U.S. for siting a distribution center, according to a report from The Boyd Company, a Princeton, N.J.-based firm that advises companies on where they should locate.
For Joshua Hankey, Wednesday was about as big a day as they come.
Only minutes after closing a deal on one key property — The Weinbrom Jewelers building at 58 W. Market St. — Hankey presented his $11.7 million plan to redevelop Market Street to a packed audience at the Yorktowne Hotel Ballroom.
The 36-year-old president and CEO of Royal Square Development and Construction presented his vision of a transformed Market Street to about 180 Rotarians and guests, a crowd that included business owners, clergy, attorneys, doctors and other prominent citizens.
The vision, Hankey said, is to breathe new life into the Market Street corridor, so that it serves to link thriving commercial areas on Beaver Street and the Royal Square neighborhood Hankey’s company is redeveloping.
The JCPenney at York Galleria will close for business around April 4.
Sarah Holland, JCPenney spokeswoman, said via email that the York Galleria store is one of 39 locations nationwide that will close. Throughout Pennsylvania, JCPenney is also closing stores at the Chambersburg Mall in Chambersburg, Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf, Granite Run Mall in Media and Nittany Mall in State College.
Holland said the closures are part of ongoing efforts to meet goals for company growth.
“We continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate underperforming stores,” Holland said. “While it’s never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision.”
Wednesday was a typical day for York City Firefighter Clifton Frederick IV: He helped install smoke detectors in a house, responded to a medical call and continued to familiarize himself with where equipment is stored at the Vigilant Fire Station.
Then he was laid off.
But he remains hopeful that he will return to the City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services.
“Eventually, I’ll be back,” the 31-year-old said during the last few hours of his shift on New Year’s Eve.