Nov
28
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Groundbreaking Ceremony: The Goddard School in York Celebrates Five Years with Expansion

On Friday, November 30, The Goddard School York celebrated the ground breaking of their new addition with their staff and team members from RSDC and Core Design.

A 3,000-square-foot building is anticipated to open in the spring of 2019 and will be constructed next to the current Goddard School. It will allow more children ages six weeks to six years old to attend the York location.

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Nov
2
12:30 PM12:30

Best Places to Work in PA 2018: Small Companies

The Best Places to Work in PA program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Pennsylvania's best employers. "The Greatest Show" at the Lancaster County Convention Center was a chance for employees to celebrate and show their pride for their companies. So who won in the small, medium, and large company categories? Here are the rankings for the best small companies of 2018.

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Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

Royal Square Plays Fairy Godmother to Former York Foundry

As Downtown Inc prepares for its fifth annual Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Royal Square Development and Construction is helping the nonprofit transform the former Pewtarex facility, located at 145 N. Hartley St., into an event space. 

"While it’s a blank canvas today, The Foundry could one day anchor the western edge of Downtown York and reinvigorate the neighborhoods around it"

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Sep
11
1:00 PM13:00

Royal Square Tackles Historic Renovation in Downtown York

The Rupp Building, located at 2 W. Main St., is undergoing renovations in hopes of finding tenants for the historic building. - (Photo / Emily Thurlow)

The Rupp Building, located at 2 W. Main St., is undergoing renovations in hopes of finding tenants for the historic building. - (Photo / Emily Thurlow)

Another historic building in downtown York is undergoing renovations. It is the Rupp Building, a landmark in downtown York.

Royal Square has been hired to renovate the 23,436 square-foot building and clean its exterior.

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Jan
24
3:00 PM15:00

RSDC, Think Loud Win Revitalization Honors for York

York's RSDC Inc. is the winner of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania's inaugural Louis J. Appell Jr. Leadership Award.

The award, in its first year, is intended to be the highest award given by 10,000 Friends — a statewide nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of the Commonwealth — to private sector companies, according to a media release.

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Jan
3
3:00 PM15:00

See the List: Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies 2017

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The Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies program recognizes the region's most dynamic companies that have made significant contributions to the strength of our local economy.

Nominated companies are ranked according to revenue growth over a three-year period, with both dollar and percentage increases taken into consideration. This ranking formula leads to recognition of both large and small companies.

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Jun
13
2:00 PM14:00

Cobblestones' Bar, Kitchen Items to be Auctioned Off in York

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Photo: YDR

Cobblestones Bar & Grill made a lot of memories during its run.

The nightclub also accumulated a lot of stuff, which its new owners, Royal Square Development Company, hope to sell at a public auction this month.

“We’re trying to get the building cleared out so we can sell it," said Dylan Bauer, RSDC vice president of real estate development. 

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May
9
2:00 PM14:00

Whiskey and Pizza Restaurant Coming to York

For the last several years, a corner property at the gateway to York’s Cherry Lane has been vacant, but later this year, the 3,000-square-foot space will transform into a whiskey and pizza lover’s dream.

The Fig and Barrel, owned by Shrewsbury residents Nathan and Lisa Novak, is expected to open at 25-27 W. Market Street this fall. The duo will turn the space into a whiskey-driven, wood-fired brick-oven pizza gastro pub.

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May
3
2:00 PM14:00

New Loft Apartments, Retail, Open in York

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Photo: YDR

REVI Flats is the name of a mix of commercial and residential space that includes the former Weinbrom Jewelers, F.W. Woolworth and Zakie's nightclub buildings on West Market Street.

The loft space was once home to the Zodiac and Big City nightclubs, the last of which closed about 17 years ago.

According to Dylan Bauer, development director for RSDC, history tax credits were used to repurpose mezzanine railings that were at the sides of the nightclub in creating the upper levels of the lofts.

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Apr
18
2:30 PM14:30

Voni B Grimes Gym Raising the Roof

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The year was 1916. The sport of basketball, invented by Canadian James Naismith just 25 years earlier, was gaining in popularity.

The first dunk in an NBA basketball game was decades away from happening, as was the league itself.

But that year, the building now known as Voni B. Grimes Gym opened its doors on East College Street in York as part of the York Collegiate Institute, a forerunner of today's York College. It was called the College Avenue Gym back then.

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Mar
27
2:00 PM14:00

Cobblestone's Sold to Royal Square Development

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The Cobblestone's bar and restaurant building in York sold for $300,000 at an auction Monday.

RSDC, the company formerly known as Royal Square Development & Construction, is buying the 37,000 square-foot, three-story building at 205-209 S. George St.

RSDC plans to renovate the building and seek a tenant, most likely a restaurant-night club, RSDC President and CEO Josh Hankey said Monday.

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Feb
22
2:00 PM14:00

National House Porch Renovation Nearly Complete

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The renovation of the porches on the historic National House will be complete after some light painting when the weather warms up, according to Dylan Bauer, vice president of real estate development for RSDC.

The project at the intersection of Beaver and West Market streets in York, which has lasted over a year, replaced posts and decking with fiberglass and composite materials. At one point, a wooden tunnel was built to allow a safe area for pedestrians during the project.

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Jan
18
5:00 PM17:00

Crystal Ball Brewing Co. to Open Tasting Room in Downtown York

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Crystal Ball Brewing Co. will open a tasting room at the former Weinbrom Jewelers building in York, adding another element to downtown's growing food and beverage scene.

The tasting room will offer 10 to 12 Crystal Ball beers on tap and is slated to open by May, said Jesse De Salvo, one of the craft brewing company's owners. The space is just over 500 square feet and located along South Beaver Street at the far south end of the building.

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Nov
24
2:30 PM14:30

New Tenants Set to Fill Glazin's Property

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When Glazin’ shut the doors to its Duke Street shop in September, it left a sizable hole in the heart of York’s Royal Square district.

That hole was filled Thursday when officials from Taste Test said they will soon inhabit the two properties on South Duke Street.

“We’ve been talking to a lot of people for a while (about the space) and when (Taste Test) came about, we stopped our search,” Dylan Bauer, vice president of development with Royal Square Development and Construction, said. “I think Taste Test brings a group of adventurous eaters to Royal Square over and over.”

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Oct
11
5:00 PM17:00

National House Porches Rebuilt in York

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The National House, at the intersection of West Market and Beaver streets in York, has changed its look several times since the original building was constructed in the early 19th century.

But with its current renovation, the look isn't going to change.

Fiberglass posts and composite decking will replace wood, according to Steve Mansberger, a job supervisor for RSDC, formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction.

The composite decking, or floor, of the porches will have seals to keep water from seeping into the wooden structure below.

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Sep
21
2:30 PM14:30

Insurance Services United Relocates to Newly Renovated Building

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An insurance agency has a new home in downtown York.

Insurance Services United, an insurance agency which previously purchased the building at 123 E. Market St., opened the new location earlier this month. The 6,000-square-foot office building is the former location of Bailey Travel.

Insurance Services United and Royal Square Development and Construction, a development, design and construction company spent nearly a year going through the process of locating a building, purchasing, renovating and officially opening the new office.

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Aug
26
2:30 PM14:30

Photos: Renovations Underway to Former F.W. Woolworth Building in York

Renovation work is underway at the former F.W. Woolworth building on West Market Street in York.

RSDC, formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction, is turning the building, once home to a five-and-dime store, into 2,500 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 21 apartments on the upper floors.

Woolworth's closed in October 1997, leaving behind memories from a time when department stores were located downtown rather than in suburban shopping centers.

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Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Old-Time Candy Store Planned for Downtown York

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Michelina "Mikey" Shirey plans to tap into York County's sweet tooth and sense of nostalgia.

The Springettsbury Township resident plans to open Memory Lane Sweets in downtown York early next year.

What Shirey calls a "vintage-style candy shop" will be in one of the retail spaces along the South Beaver Street side of the former Weinbrom Jewelers building.

RSDC, the company formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction, is renovating the building at the corner of South Beaver and West Market streets for a first-floor restaurant, and retail spaces and apartments on the two upper floors.

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Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Collusion Tapworks Brewery to Open in York

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After more than a year of planning, building, dreaming and brewing, Collusion Tap Works is nearing completion and will open soon in the Royal Square neighborhood of York.

“It’s about time,” Collusion co-owner Jared Barnes laughed.

Barnes, a brewer for six years, hasn’t been able to brew beer since he left Wyndridge Farms in Dallastown while planning to open Collusion Tap Works.

“Getting back into a brewery is essential for me,” Barnes said. “I’m ready to get back into the fold.”Barnes studied under the World Brewing Academy — a joint program between Doemens Academy and the Seibel Institute of Technology in Chicago — where he received his Master Brewer’s certification.

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Aug
2
3:00 PM15:00

Restaurant Coming to Zakie's Buidling in York

A restaurant and bar are in the works at one key piece of real estate in downtown York.

Diane Coppola, a Hanover-based pizza shop owner, has signed a lease at 25-27 W. Market St., which housed Bourbon Street Saloon and Evolution Nightclub, previously Zakie's Nightclub.

Coppola, who owns Sal's Pizza & Subs in Hanover, said she and her family are collaborating on a full-service restaurant.

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Jul
26
3:00 PM15:00

Royal Square Ponders Artist House

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The properties involved are 117-119, 121, 127, 129, 137 E. Princess St. and 146 and 148 S. Howard St. All are owned by the city's Redevelopment Authority, which owns many of the city's abandoned properties.

Bauer said it is still to be determined how this will work. He said a couple of the buildings are in very rough shape, so it's unclear how much of a potential project would be renovation and how much would be new construction.

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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Apartments for Artists Could Be Coming to Royal Square

RSDC will pay the RDA $1,000 for the 12-month option, which is renewable for an additional 12 months.

The option gives RSDC and its partner, which Bauer declined to name at this point, time to pursue the project without having to worry about another developer buying the parcels —a mix of buildings and vacant land— from the RDA. RSDC would still have to negotiate a purchase price.

Bauer declined at this point to provide many details about the plans, including how many apartments would be built and for how much they would lease.

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Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Plan to Replace Porches Around Holy House Advances

It is still to be determined what color everything is going to be, he told The York Dispatch after the meeting. But during the meeting he said the owners were leaning toward a color much like that of a manila folder, which would be a significant departure from the dark green it is now.

That will be fine, though, HARB's members decided, because the black-and-white photos showing the original columns from around 1900 don't make it clear what color the columns were.

Board member Teresa Johnescu asked the all-important question: "How's this gonna affect the Holy Hound?"

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Jun
26
3:00 PM15:00

Business is Up in Downtown York

Over the past five years, significantly more businesses have opened in downtown York than have closed, showing a trend toward growth in the center of the city, Daily Record research shows.

At least 37 brick-and-mortar businesses have opened downtown since 2011, according to multiple sources, including Downtown Inc. An additional four are scheduled to open this year. During the same period, at least seven similarly categorized businesses have closed.

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May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Crispus Attucks Students Get Hype'd to Volunteer

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Twelve students from the Crispus Attucks Youthbuild Charter School worked on a soon-to-come community garden and courtyard located in Royal Square on Wednesday evening.

It was their first day on the job, but they laughed and joked with each other while shoveling dirt, pushing barrels and moving heavy equipment.

The students were volunteering through the Crispus Attucks HYPE program. The program works with local businesses and organizations to get youth volunteering in the community while also developing their professional skills.

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May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Can Small Business Revitalize York?

Cities seeking revitalization need a cooperative effort from government, business and industry, community members and civic groups and nonprofits all working together, or so was the consensus coming out of the historic Yorktowne Hotel in York City recently.

The second installment of York College's Henry D Schmidt Lecture Series, dubbed "Entrepreneurship as a Tool to Revitalize our Cities 2.0," drew 90 registered attendees Wednesday, including top area business leaders, small-business owners and interested community members.

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