LANCASTER – Another BLVD project, headed up by Insite Development’s Scott Ehrlich, is on the way. This one will be constructed on the corner of Date Avenue and The Blvd — on the grounds of the former Woolworth’s store.
InSite developers joined city officials Tuesday for a press conference to announce details of the new project. Dubbed “The Woolworth Building” by InSite Development, the 8,000 square foot, two-story complex will house both retail and office space. The original tiles along the sidewalk bearing the Woolworth name are to be kept in place.
“It preserves a historic building,” said Ehrlich. “I love the fact that we will continue to use the Woolworth sign…it gives us a little bit of nostalgia.”
The first floor of The Woolworth Building will be used as retail space for two or three establishments, while the second floor will be occupied by Kestler-Derryberry, an existing law firm on The Blvd.
“We’re keeping people on The Blvd that have been on The Blvd a long time,” Ehrlich said, adding that the law firm had approached him seeking a solution that would keep them on the Blvd.
“Where they’re currently at is made for more commercial and retail space, so for the last year and a half we’ve been looking for space to build their office,” he continued. “I couldn’t be more happy that we’re keeping them on the Blvd… I actually believe our mayor is going to be very jealous of the building, he’s going to wish he moved here before.”
Ehrlich said the building will be his company’s first build-to-suit project, meaning the Kestler-Derryberry law firm worked with local architects to design the whole top floor of the new building.
“They said ‘this is how we want our office to look,’” Ehrlich said.
For Kestler-Derryberry partner, Steven Derryberry, the area holds a personal significance, as well.
“October 9, 2010, I actually proposed to my wife on this space right here, right in front of the bulldozer,” Derryberry said. “I plan on blowing up a big picture of that scene and keeping it in my office to always remember.
Derryberry said he’s looking to grow his firm as a result of having the new space.
“I hope there’s more of this development here on the Blvd — mixed-use, office space on the second floor – it’s really good for business,” he said.
Ehrlich said the financials of the deal was put together “creatively” and did not cost the city any money.
“Leveraging other funds that the city was already using allows us to build this property,” he said.
InSite Development plans to begin construction on The Woolworth Building later this spring and complete the project by summer 2013.