55+ community planned for former Artworks

By on August 31, 2011

By: ANDY FASNACHT Review Editor afasnacht.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

A community termed "affordable housing for residents 55 and over" is being planned for two buildings of the former Artworks complex on North State Street in Ephrata.

Artworks complex owner William Donecker told The Review Tuesday that he intends to present the proposed project to Ephrata Borough Council at its work session next Tuesday evening, Sept. 6.

"We have already met with the zoning officer, but not council," Donecker said last night.

Donecker said the developer is Enterprise of Baltimore.

"This is their first venture in Pennsylvania," and their first into an historic register building," he said, adding that the company has built 157,000 of these apartments.

The project, planned for a 2013 completion, calls for the use of two four-floor buildings that will contain 40 units — including 38 one bedroom and two, two-bedroom apartments. He said the exterior of the Artworks buildings would not be changed.

"They also plan to use the office of the (former Fleet-Air) shoe factory for a community building," he said, stating that they plan to allow meetings there, and put in exercise equipment.

More details of the project will be provided at Tuesday’s meeting.

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