Lancaster Press Building makes downtown debut

Upscale condos in revitalized factory within walking distance of all city has to offer

The rebirth of the long-vacant Lancaster Press Building — from a former cigar factory and print company to industrial chic upscale condominiums — is more than simply a story of urban renewal.
As developer Ed Drogaris notes, upward of 100 people will call the Lancaster Press Building home when it is fully occupied.
“That’s a small community,” he says. “It’s not just a building. It’s a real transformation.”
With the first occupants moving in to the six-story building at 41 W. Lemon St. this weekend, the seeds of that community are now being sown.
In all, the Lancaster Press Building includes 48 upscale condos as well as restaurant space. About a third of the space has been sold so far, with interest ranging from those looking to downsize from suburban locales to young professionals, says Ron Burkhart of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, listing broker for the project.
The units range in size from 850 square feet for one bedroom to 1,900 square feet for two bedrooms plus a study. They are priced from the low $200s to mid-$600s.
In its design, the new Lancaster Press Building seamlessly blends modern elegance with its industrial past. Embracing the history of the 110-year-old building, each unit features exposed brick walls, ceiling ductwork, concrete columns, massive windows and 11-foot-high ceilings. Some of the eight premier penthouse units on the sixth floor also include the original skylights.
Along with the nod to the past is a sense of style and sophistication that’s thoroughly in the present.
“The designs are very innovative,” says listing agent Kate Duke of Coldwell Banker, noting the gray and white color scheme in the model kitchen.
And, she adds, “A lot of the things you would anticipate being an upgrade are standard.”
That includes hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and frameless glass showers with ceramic tile.
Most units include exterior balconies.
In addition to the condominiums that have already been sold, eight more are complete and ready for immediate occupancy. The remainder, available in 60 to 75 days, can be customized to a buyer’s taste, from cabinets, flooring and appliances to fixtures, finishes and paint color.
And like everyone who chooses to live in this unique urban community, no two floor plans are exactly alike.
Among its other amenities, the Lancaster Press Building includes a fitness center and a rooftop terrace featuring a gas grill, a fire pit and a variety of seating areas — the perfect vantage point for watching summer fireworks.
Residents also will have key fob entry from the lobby and secure parking in a dedicated section of the North Queen Street Garage, with access from Market Street.
And of course, along with the appeal of the building itself, comes the prime downtown location and all that it has to offer.
Right from their doorstep, residents can walk to restaurants, to the Fulton Theatre, to Central Market for local produce, to a host of shops, and even to a Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game.
“It’s been an exciting experience to be involved in the transformation of this building,” Duke says.
Tippetts/Weaver Architects is the architect for the project. Wagman Construction is the general contractor. The developer is Lancaster Press Partners, led by Drogaris.
For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.lancasterpressbuilding.com or call 717-735-1339.