Sleep like a Rock

By on July 27, 2016

Room service: Township approves final plan for six-story Rock Lititz hotel and restaurant

The next phase of the Rock Lititz campus will include a hotel with restaurant and lounge, located just off West Newport Road in Warwick Township.

The next phase of the Rock Lititz campus will include a hotel with restaurant and lounge, located just off West Newport Road in Warwick Township.

The updated master plan for Rock Lititz is rockin’ on.

At the July 20 meeting of Warwick Township supervisors, the newest version of the Rock Lititz master plan and the revised 1C final land development plan were approved.

Building 1C, the next major step in Rock Lititz’s master plan, is a state-of-the-art hotel on the Rock Lititz campus that would host clients and guests.

While not nearly as tall as the nearby Rock Lititz studio, the new hotel will be a six-story structure with 135 guest rooms and suites on the second through sixth floors. The first floor will offer a restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, fitness center and meeting space.

For this next phase in the expansion of its 96-acre campus of businesses serving the live-event industry, Rock Lititz Properties is partnering with developer and hotel operator Arc One to bring the hotel on site.

Andrea Shirk, Rock Lititz’s general manager, said in a prepared statement that Rock Lititz is excited to bring Arc One’s extensive background in hotel management to Rock Lititz’s fully-integrated community.

Arc One has more than 40 years of experience in commercial projects, including hotel development and operations, through its partners, which include ADCO American Development Company of Southampton, Amerimar Realty Company of Philadelphia, and As One Management of King of Prussia.

The group owns and operates about a dozen hotels in the Central Pennsylvania market, but this hotel will be unique in that it will cater to production crews and artists as well as local businesses and tourists.

“It is paramount to our team that the hotel be an integral part of the Lititz community,” noted Nimesh Shah, Arc One managing partner, in a press release from Rock Lititz.

Arc One and Rock Lititz Properties presented sketch plans to the Warwick Township supervisors and will continue with the approval process for the hotel over the summer. Construction dates have not yet been finalized.

“This will enable us to better serve our customers by providing on-site overnight accommodations for our clients’ technical talent and support staff,” Shirk said.

Traditions of America

In other business, supervisors approved the Traditions of America Phase IV final lot add-on and preliminary plan. The latest plan for the 55-plus community will include 51 units, with 33 single homes and 18 duplex homes.

Target goes solar

The Lititz Target store hopes to add solar panels to its roof, which will provide as much as 30 percent of the facility's power needs. Warwick Township supervisors will vote on the plan in August.

The Lititz Target store hopes to add solar panels to its roof, which will provide as much as 30 percent of the facility’s power needs. Warwick Township supervisors will vote on the plan in August.

It was a busy evening for the supervisors, who held two public hearings before the meeting even got started.

One was for a solar roof on the Target store at 960 Lititz Pike (Shoppes at Kissel Village), which will be installed by Greenskies Renewal Energy LLC.

Wallace Kerrigan, an engineer with Greenskies, reported that the solar roof panels would provide 20 to 30 percent of the power needs for the store. The panels would be angled so that they were close to the profile of the roofline. Glare would be two percent, he added. When asked if that would cause a problem for airplanes at Lancaster Airport, Kerrigan reported that Greenskies has a facility near BWI Baltimore Airport, without any issues affecting flights there.

United Zion expansion

United Zion Retirement Community on Lititz Pike is planning to expand. A public hearing was held July 20, and supervisors will take a final vote next month.

United Zion Retirement Community on Lititz Pike is planning to expand. A public hearing was held July 20, and supervisors will take a final vote next month.

The other hearing was for a 9,300-square-foot expansion at the United Zion Retirement Community at 722 Furnace Hills Pike. Considered a relatively minor expansion, it will provide additional services, including recreational opportunities, to community residents.

Mark Hackenburg represented United Zion and said the expansion fits within the criteria for a medical residential campus. United Zion was established in 1905 as a nursing home. It now serves broader needs for independent living cottages and apartments, assisted living and health care.

Supervisors are expected to make decisions on both cases, Target and United Zion, at the Aug. 17 township meeting.

Laura Knowles is a local freelance reporter who covers the Warwick Township municipal beat for the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com.

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