Ephrata Crossings, Lakeside Villas projects moving swiftly

By on August 7, 2019

A prospective tenant list of Ephrata Crossings includes a Hilton Hotel, Jersey Mike’s, Panera Bread, AT&T, Super Cuts, Planet Fitness and Chipotle.

While Ephrata Township officials said this week that no updates have been submitted for the Ephrata Crossings retail/commercial real estate development and the Lakeside Villas project, work has progressed steadily and swiftly on both projects.

In June, the Ephrata Township Board of Supervisors approved a resolution moving forward a plan to build the Ephrata Crossings development, with shops, a hotel, and restaurant near Pleasant Valley Road and Route 322.

Ephrata Township Manager Steve Sawyer said Ephrata Crossings project developer Property Investing and Management Inc. has not notified the township on any tenant/franchise agreements.

But according to brokerlist.com, Ephrata Crossings — an 83,488 square-foot, new retail shopping project off the intersection of East Main Street and Pleasant Valley Road — has a prospective tenant list includes a Hilton Hotel, Jersey Mike’s, Panera Bread, AT&T, Super Cuts, Planet Fitness and Chipotle.

The last official move by Ephrata Township was in June to approve a resolution in response to a letter from Robert E. Sisko, an attorney for PIM, who informed the township that PIM is the recipient of a $2.2 million grant from the PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund for highway and signal improvements related to the proposed Ephrata Crossing business development in the township.

Recently installed stormwater facilities near Pleasant Valley Road and a new section of a local road known as Quarry Ridge Drive, all owned by PIM will be maintained by Ephrata Township, according to a resolution passed in early May.

Just west of the Ephrata Crossings, several upscale single-family homes are almost completed at the Lakeside Villas development. That is a 39-home project behind Main Street properties going west from Pleasant Valley Road.

While PIM is the grantee and will receive the $2.2 million, the township is considered a host municipality and because of that designation, the grant requires that the township “acknowledge its responsibility” for future maintenance of the non-PennDOT roadway improvements.

Just west of the Ephrata Crossings, several of the upscale single-family homes are almost completed at the Lakeside Villas development. That is a 39-home project behind Main Street properties going west from Pleasant Valley Road.

Real estate websites list the Lakeside Villas properties for sale from $375,000 to $400,000-plus.

It boasts from Lakeside Villas is “located just moments from Route 222 and Route 322, this planned community offers exceptional convenience for travel, retail, and recreation…with direct walking access to the lovely Ephrata Twp. park.”

It goes on: “The Villas will also be walkable to the exciting new Ephrata Crossing Retail center coming in 2020 with a range of retail/dining/fitness options.

The two projects will no doubt raise even greater concerns from the community about traffic in the area.

PennDOT has approved the traffic impact study for the project, but PIM still has to provide a copy of the PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit. The Ephrata Township Planning Commission earlier this year approved a zoning ordinance that would limit signs to a maximum height of 20 feet, as recommended by the Lancaster County Planning Commission. The height restriction was made in regards to planned signs at Ephrata Crossing.

Ephrata Crossings plans call for the 16.2-acre lot to be divided into six land parcels of varying sizes. The planned hotel will be 16,750 square feet, with 111 parking spaces off the intersection of East Main Street and Pleasant Valley Road.

Plans are for the 16.2-acre Ephrata Crossings lot to be divided into six land parcels of varying sizes. The planned hotel will be 16,750 square feet, with 111 parking spaces.

Also planned is a main 20,000-square-foot commercial building; three retail building at 2,400-, 4,200-, and 7,500-square-foot with 206 parking spaces. There’s a planned 4,050 square-foot restaurant with 77 parking spaces; and two more restaurants at 1,650, 3,925-square-foot, a 28-space parking section; and 4,300-square-foot bank building and 22 parking spaces.

There is also another 2,030-square-foot retail building; and large 20,000-square-foot retail space with 88 parking spaces.

In related news, PennDOT updated its planned “Diverging Diamond Interchange” (DDI) improvement that had been tentatively scheduled to start at the Routes 322/222 interchanges in the spring of 2020.

PennDOT spokesman Michael Crochunis said Tuesday that the contractor bidding process will begin next month (Sept. 26).

Real estate websites list the Lakeside Villas properties for sale from $375,000 to $400,000-plus. Photos by Patrick Burns.

“A ‘Notice To Proceed’ is usually issued within a few months, say mid-November,” he said. “The project should be completed sometime in late-Spring of 2022.”

Under the Dverging Diamond design, drivers coming from either direction on 322 will be directed by a traffic signal to cross onto the other side of the road before the 222 overpass.

That will allow anyone merging onto 222 North or South to make a left turn directly onto the on-ramp, without crossing traffic. Likewise, drivers exiting 222 onto 322 in either direction will be able to merge left or right without crossing traffic.

Patrick Burns is news editor of The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 717-721-4455 

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