$48M Stockyard Inn apartment proposal gets nod from Lancaster city zoners

November 6, 2021

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The Lancaster city Zoning Hearing Board on Monday gave the developer of a proposed $48 million apartment community on the former Stockyard Inn site the clearances he needs to proceed through the municipal review process, over the objections of the project’s next-door neighbor.

The vote was 3-0. Chairman Rudy DeLaurentis and board members Robert Shenk and Tom Hassler voted in favor of all three requests by developer Ben Lesher without comment.

Lesher won a special exception to put multi-family housing on a parcel zoned for mixed use and a pair of variances to construct two apartment buildings that would stand five feet taller than the 60-foot maximum allowed in the mixed-use district.

“We are extremely pleased with the decision …,” Lesher said.

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