Construction starts on $18M apartment project next to Clipper Magazine Stadium

January 31, 2020

This article originally appeared on Lancaster Online

Groundbreaking was held Friday for Stadium Row apartments, the first substantial apartment building for the general public to be constructed from the ground up in the city since 1963.

The $18 million project will create 104 upscale apartments at 816 N. Prince St., next to Clipper Magazine Stadium. Occupancy is set for early 2021.

Being built behind WellSpan Philhaven’s mental health facility, Stadium Row brings a better use to land that most recently has been home to five storage sheds, project officials said.

The development will enable the 2.7-acre site to generate more property-tax revenue and will move the city closer to its goal of adding 2,500 housing units by 2030.

The four-story project, being developed by Lancaster city resident Ben Lesher, his sister and their parents, will consist of a 97,000-square-foot structure plus 104 parking spaces. No government dollars are involved in the project financing, officials said.

Ranging in size from 461 square feet to 1,000 square feet, Stadium Row's apartments will come in five layouts — a pair of studio layouts, a pair of one-bedroom layouts and one two-bedroom layout.

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