Live from Lititz

By on October 24, 2018

A new multi-use space is coming to downtown Lititz.

Renovations are currently underway at 5 Juniper Lane to make way for “The Lititz Shirt Factory,” a business which will provide live entertainment, craft beer, and art to the local community.

Jim Hoffer, a Lititz native and resident of New York, has invested in the project. After two years of planning and meetings, the first phase of construction finally began last week, and involves renovations to the exterior of the structure, which is more than 100 years old. TONO Group of Lancaster has been contracted to perform all of the work from the design phase to construction. Hoffer’s goal is to maintain the historic integrity of the building. Wherever possible, original materials from the floors, wooden beams, and stone walls in the basement will be restored or repurposed.

“While it is much more expensive, we plan to refurbish the existing windows and repoint the original brick facade which has deteriorated significantly,” he said. Hoffer notes that additional work also includes replacing the roof and bringing the building back up to safety codes.

A spring 2019 completion date is targeted.

Work is in progress at 5 Juniper Lane, to make way for a mixed-use space.

Although Hoffer hasn’t lived in Lititz in more than 30 years, the town has never been far from his mind.

“Lititz was the only choice for this,” he said. “I still consider it my home. There is a deeply rooted connection I have to Lititz.” As a matter of fact, Hoffer has chosen the name “Lititz Shirt Factory” as a means to pay homage to part of the building’s history. Built in the early 1900s, the building was serving as a tobacco warehouse by 1903. In a newspaper article from that time period, the business boasted “An improved elevator running from cellar to attic,” and contained “A fine business office of easy access from South Broad Street.”

Through the years, the brick structure also served as an antiques store, consignment shop, furniture outlet, and as the future name implies, a shirt factory.

Hoffer says that the vision for the project is still evolving, but at its core, he says that it will be a place that will offer fresh brewed craft beer, Pennsylvania made spirits and wine, live music, theatre and comedy, lectures, workshops, and art. And while his professional career is that of an investigative TV reporter in New York City, that background has come in handy for this new venture.

“I’m a bit surprised how some of the skills developed as a reporter researching, knocking on doors, and patience have served me on this project. I know there will be pitfalls ahead, but that’s how I’ll learn,” Hoffer said.

“It’s time for me to give back to Lititz,” he added. “I hope that’s what the Lititz Shirt Factory will do: offer a special place where people can come together for a few drinks, good conversation and to see live entertainment, art, or speakers. There’s a dream-like quality to this endeavor. I’m very driven by this project and the desire to be a part of all the great things happening in Lititz.”

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

One Comment

  1. tiggerk

    June 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    No parking all ready, going to be even worse.

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