The New Face of Market Street
Decades ago, West Market Street - a main streetscape in York, flourished - served as a busy center for working, shopping, living, and entertainment. Sadly, several of the downtown buildings that once bustled with activity have sat vacant and deteriorating, adding blight and decay to the historically rich York City community.
Through the Market Street Revitalization Project, Royal Square Development and Construction (RSDC) is helping York rebuild the West Market Street corridor, by spearheading the extensive renovation of some of the City's most prominent buildings.
Through the creative use of New Market Tax credits, in partnership with Community First Fund and Fulton Bank, along with a diverse array of local community partners, government entities, private investors, philanthropic foundations, and the business sector, RSDC is undertaking a $14 million endeavor that will transform the former Zakies, Woolworth and Weinbrom buildings into vibrant, desirable retail and residential spaces, that will offer goods, services and unique living opportunities to the downtown York community.
Photos Provided by York County Heritage Trust
What's happening on west market street
'Market Street Revitalization Project' rejuvenating downtown York
By David O'Connor, April 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM
With the developers of York's Royal Square leading the way, several major renovation efforts are expected to bring new shops and apartments to Market Street in downtown York.
The effort is expected to lead to 124 apartments, 36 of them by the Royal Square developers, who also are planning nearly a half a football field of retail space over the next year.
The first of the four buildings to be renovated is York’s former Police Heritage Museum, at 54 W. Market St.
New downtown York apartments get name: REVI Flats
By Gary Haber, 7:02 p.m. EDT May 12, 2016
REVI Flats is the name of apartments planned as part of a Market Square redevelopment effort in York, the company working on the project said.
The project, a mix of residential and commercial space, includes the former Weinbrom Jewelers, F.W. Woolworth and Zakie's nightclub buildings on West Market Street.
We're extremely excited," said Dylan Bauer, vice president of real estate development at RSDC, formerly known as Royal Square Development and Construction. "We think this is going to be a fantastic addition to downtown."
Royal Square breaks ground on broad West Market project
By Sean Philip Cotter, 11:31 p.m. EDT May 12, 2016.
The three buildings in the first block of West Market Street in York City, like many of their neighbors, have been empty for years. One was a cavernous nightclub, another once upon a time was a department store, the third an old jeweler.
But the plan is by the end of next year, they will be full of retailers on the ground floors and residents in high-end apartments that'll be called Revi Flats.
"The county's center of culture and attention will again reside on this block," said Josh Hankey, the president and CEO of Royal Square Development and Construction, the company behind the development.