Lancaster Press Building: downtown living at its best

Upscale condos offer industrial chic appeal in a prime city location just steps from dining, entertainment, the arts and more

If you’re a foodie, you’ll find a kindred spirit in Ed Drogaris, developer of the Lancaster Press Building, the historic former tobacco warehouse and printing company that is now home to 48 upscale condos.
And while Drogaris is happy to extol the virtues of the building at Prince and Lemon streets, from the industrial chic design to the rooftop terrace, he’s just as enthusiastic about the breakfast and lunch specials across the street at Cafe Di Vetro.
Or the barbecue one building away at The Brickyard.
Or the fine dining just a one-minute walk down Lemon Street at the Belvedere Inn.
Or … well … you get the picture.
“This location is an opportunity to put on more calories than you ever thought possible,” Drogaris says.
That likely wouldn’t be a top slogan for most marketing gurus, but the sentiment is clear: For anyone looking for an upscale home in a vibrant, walkable downtown community with great restaurants, the Lancaster Press Building offers all of that and much more.
It’s also within a few blocks of the Fulton Theatre, Central Market and Clipper Magazine Stadium, so there are plenty of opportunities to walk off any extra calories.
With the best of Lancaster at its doorstep, it’s especially fitting that this new, six-story vertical neighborhood will be opening its doors to the public from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of First Friday festivities.
Visitors can enjoy a mixer in the lobby, explore the sales model and even talk to a Realtor.
The city’s monthly celebration of art, culture and food is really a showcase of what downtown residents can find any day of the week when they walk out their door.
And it’s why the Lancaster Press Building is attracting buyers from places like New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
“It’s pretty neat to see people discovering Lancaster in that way,” says Ashley Brunner of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, listing broker for the project.
They are discovering not only a perfect location in the Lancaster Press Building, but also a perfect home. Like everyone who chooses to live in this unique community, no two condos are exactly alike, but all of them perfectly marry the building’s industrial history with high-end modern amenities. So you’ll find standard features such as hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances alongside exposed brick walls, ceiling ductwork and concrete columns.
Brunner indicated they’ve been averaging one settlement per week since January.
The units range in size from 850 square feet for one bedroom to 1,900 square feet for two bedrooms plus a study. Some of the remaining penthouse units on the sixth floor also include the building’s original skylights.
Prices range from the low $200s to mid-$600s.
Among its other amenities, the Lancaster Press Building includes a fitness center to work off all of the extra calories and a rooftop terrace featuring a gas grill, a fire pit and a variety of seating areas which is slated to be finished this summer.
Residents have secure entry from the lobby and dedicated, secure parking only for Lancaster Press owners on the first level of the North Queen Street Garage, with access from Market Street.
In another homage to the building’s printing history, the lobby features a gear-and-chain-themed wall sculpture depicting the evolution of communication from the Stone Age to the digital age and beyond. Also incorporated are parts of famous phrases, along with the word Lancaster spelled in different languages — all made with letters punched from a series of cylindrical metal lighting fixtures on the ceiling. The pieces were crafted by the York-based firm Salvaging Creativity using materials recycled from the original building.
The Lancaster Press Building currently has 19 customizable units remaining, where buyers can still choose their own light fixtures, hardwood, carpet, tile, granite, appliances, and paint color.
Additional units are fully finished and ready for immediate occupancy.
The sales model is open from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. For more information or to schedule a showing, call 717-735-1339.