A Delaware County-based developer and property management company has announced the official reopening of 16 renovated apartments at 10 S. Prince St. in the city of Lancaster.
Earlier this week, Wayne-based Berger Rental Communities offered media and city officials tours of its conversion of ground-floor commercial space into 14 one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom units.
Berger Rental Communities purchased the building at West King and South Prince Streets in 2019 for $8.65 million and extensively upgraded the 76 units that previously existed.
The building also now has a fitness center and courtyard.
Newly renovated ground floor units are expensive. Rents range from $1,375 to $1,910 per month, according to a Berger spokesperson.
Last year, city officials appealed a zoning approval for Berger’s conversion of the 10,000-square-foot ground floor into apartments.
At a May 2021 hearing where he sought a zoning variance to make way for apartments, Berger said the plan would provide much-needed market-priced rental housing in the middle of town, while adding that some commercial spaces along King Street had been difficult. for rent partly because of the slope of King Street in front of the building. The hill leaves some of the first floor commercial spaces well above street level.
At the hearing, city planner Douglas Smith argued against granting the waiver, saying it could prompt similar demands that could reduce the number of retail storefronts downtown.
“The need for additional residential homes in downtown Lancaster is undeniable,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to LNP | Lancaster Online last year. “Thanks to our long-term presence in this community, Berger is acutely aware of the need for housing. This is an exciting project that will solve the housing shortage and ultimately benefit business owners, residents and the community as a whole.
In October, a judge recognized an out-of-court settlement and dismissed the case.
The downstairs transformation also displaced six small business owners.
Berger owns and operates three other apartment communities in Lancaster: Creekside North in Manor Township and Creekside South in Lancaster Township (with 261 combined units) and Millers Crossing in Millersville (180 units).
The developer and property management company is also moving forward on a 12-story apartment building at 202 N. Queen St. in the city.
A building plan released in March calls for 142 market-priced one- and two-bedroom apartments and 2,800 square feet of commercial space on the first floor.
A Berger spokesperson said in March that the company hopes to begin construction at 202 N. Queen St. by the end of the year and complete construction by the end of 2023.