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BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

I saw this article today and thought I would share it. Of some interest to convention attendees at the Host. It does look the new district includes the remainder of the Hosts land. link

ODGW Kenny Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

""This could take 20, 25 years," Commissioner Dennis Stuckey said."


Al Swearengen Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 11:46 a.m. PST

Article behind a paywall/registration. Someone care to cut and paste it here ?

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

I have been registered for many years (free), but you are limited to the # of articles you can read in a month. Not a problem as I get their facebook feed and then read the few I want to. Here it is though without the photos and diagram of the area: (It did not copy well into this message board)

Busy 2-mile stretch of Lincoln Highway East targeted for long-range, $200 USDM upgrade
Local officials hope to inject more than $200 USD million into an upgrade of a busy, 2.5-mile commercial corridor stretching along Lincoln Highway East from Strasburg Pike to Route 896.
Immediate improvements to the corridor could include regional branding and marketing, new signage, sidewalks and landscaping, and new lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, East Lampeter Township manager Ralph Hutchison said.
Officials said Tuesday they'll tap into increased property values and a variety of state grants and programs to fund the long-range improvement plan.
Township officials told Lancaster county commissioners they hope to encourage new development and redevelopment along the highway and funnel increased tax revenues into further improvements.
The corridor, Hutchison said Tuesday morning, is "a countywide asset that happens to be in East Lampeter Township. … Anything we can do to increase the values out there will benefit everybody."
The initiative is the culmination of corridor improvement projects dating back to a tourism planning pact in 2005 and gateway and streetscape plans discussed in 2011, he said.
The aim, he said, is "a safer, more attractive roadway with a stronger sense of place" that serves residents and tourists alike and attracts jobs to the area.
The long-term goal is to reverse a declining tax base, he said.
But, while Hutchison said some improvements are already happening this year, officials said many potential changes are a long way away.
"This could take 20, 25 years," Commissioner Dennis Stuckey said.
Financial benefits
Hutchison asked commissioners to appoint a representative to the East Lampeter Industrial and Commercial Authority, which was created in January to head the project.
He planned to ask the Conestoga Valley school board for similar action at a meeting Tuesday evening.
Both the county and school district stand to reap financial benefits from the project, he said in the form of increased tax revenues he hopes they'll also direct back into the program.
The project will take advantage of tax incremental financing, Hutchison explained. The TIF concept redirects tax money into improvements without increasing taxes or taking existing revenue away from local taxing bodies, he said.
Commissioner Craig Lehman explained it this way: A person who owns property worth $100,000 USD would pay an annual property tax of $10. USD If that person is encouraged to make property improvements that increases its value to $200,000 USD, the annual tax would increase to $20 USD with or without the TIF.
But, Hutchison said, the TIF would direct that $10 USD increase back into the program to fund more improvements.
The TIF model has been used before in Lancaster County, Hutchison said, such as the Northwest Gateway Project and North Queen Street parking garage nearly a decade ago.
However, he said, this is the first time a TIF program has been implemented outside Lancaster city.
Business improvements
Hutchison said the township is creating a business improvement district in the TIF zone. According to a document provided by the township, that encompasses about 80 tax parcels.
The township also will seek funding from state departments of Transportation, Community and Economic Development, and Conservation and Natural Resources, among other agencies.
In all, Hutchison said he projects some $218 USD million will be invested in the corridor to generate growth.
"If we all work together, we can leverage other money and make this happen," Stuckey said.
Lehman stressed that increases in tax revenue are not tied to the current county reassessment project.
"We're doing a variety of things to try and generate funding to support implementation of the plan," Hutchison explained. "The TIF is just one piece."
Traffic improvements
Commissioner Joshua Parsons said the county is keenly interested in seeing improvements to traffic flow in the area.
David Buckwalter, chairman of the township supervisors, said PennDOT will soon repave that stretch of Lincoln Highway. Once it's done, he said, the township will restripe the highway with narrower lanes to help slow speeding motorists and create additional right-of-ways for bike and pedestrian lanes.
The township is working with local merchants on a plan to install an adaptive system of traffic signals that would be more responsive to current conditions on the roadway, he said.
The TIF zone includes Lincoln Highway landmarks such as Dutch Wonderland, Tanger Outlets and the Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center.
Other areas, such as Wal-Mart and Mill Creek Square, are "already fully developed" and are not included within the TIF, Hutchison said.

Ottoathome Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 1:02 p.m. PST

This is boilerplate which every small town newspaper runs every few years to make the populace think they care and are doing something. They simply pull it out of their files when they have space to fill and slap on a new date and put it in the paper. It's meaningless. They do it in Newton NJ all the time. Nothing every happens. It's going around shouting and screaming and waving your arms around to go around nd shout and scream and wave your arms around.

dapeters19 Apr 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

What Otto said, Camden NJ has a renaissance every 12-15 years that always comes to nothing.

civildisobedience19 Apr 2017 1:44 p.m. PST

Newark is coming back too…

McKinstry Fezian19 Apr 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

If they put the TIF in place, in theory the Host could apply for TIF funds and use the net increase in value(thus tax) to plow back into added improvements/speed. It might get the Host renovated a bit faster or at a minimum, decline at a slower rate post the current renovation.

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 4:03 p.m. PST

Public Tax money can not be used to improve Private Properties! The Host is owned by a Private corporation, thus any improvements they make to the property is on their own dime, not the public's!

I like the comment about remarking the highway to make the lanes more narrow to create right-of-ways for bikes and pedestrians! That should make the Route 30 Dash even more exciting for those who wish to attempt it!! It would suggest the Center Turn Lane will disappear making Left Turns at non lighted places even more fun for all!!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 4:48 p.m. PST

Ah. Shades of Tony Soprano and the Esplanade.

McKinstry Fezian19 Apr 2017 10:41 p.m. PST

TIF's are fairly common nationwide and are used primarily as an economic incentive to private developers to either renovate a blighted area/building and/or generate jobs. It is one of the more common economic development tools available to communities to encourage private development in targeted areas. They essentially take anticipated property tax revenues and divert them into the incentive. They are however usually controversial and for every success story there is usually a disappointment.



Dynaman878920 Apr 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

Never have so many words been said by so few to say so little…

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 7:35 p.m. PST

Well. I for one look forward to the newly added bicycle lanes as we pedal in from Michigan!

jpipes Inactive Member22 Apr 2017 7:36 a.m. PST

Always a great idea to take a busy corridor and restrict it further by adding useless bike lanes that will be used by a fraction of the number of cars that use the same route. It's almost as if they want more traffic and congestion not less.

thomalley22 Apr 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

A bike lane in each direction would not be big enough for one car in either direction. And it moves the bikes out of the main traffic lanes. In case you don't know, bikes are considered vehicles with the same right to the road as a semi.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 9:23 p.m. PST

200 million dollars for 2.5 miles of road that is going to take 20-25 YEARS to do?!?!?!…

Somebody (or a union) is seriously milking this project.

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2017 5:16 p.m. PST

Bikes and Semis, that will make an interesting mix!! Guess folks have forgotten about the truck accident from several years ago down at the bottom of the hill!

Personal logo vonLoudon Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2017 1:47 p.m. PST

Wow, you can barely cross 30 now with stop lights and crosswalks. What do they want, Frogger?

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

Boilerplate perhaps but worthy of consideration nonetheless.

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