Nov 4, 2016

Traditions of America Celebrates Newly Expanded Clubhouse

Author: Daniel Urie

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Traditions of America at Silver Spring, a 55+ community, held a grand opening event on Oct. 23 to celebrate its newly expanded clubhouse. The upgraded and expanded resort-style amenities at Traditions of America at Silver Spring, include a bocce court, massage room, sports bar and lounge and a heated indoor pool. An estimated 4,500-square-feet of space has been added, bringing it to a total of 12,500 square feet. Traditions of America at Silver Spring is located at 15 Presidents Drive in Silver Spring Township. Information:

R.A. Yohe Restoration & Construction celebrated its new location at 825 W. King St., Southampton Township, Franklin County on Oct. 19. A ribbon-cutting was held with the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce.

Capital Region Water recently reopened its wastewater treatment facility after completing a $50 million upgrade project. Capital Region Water is located at 1662 South Cameron St., Harrisburg. To commemorate the event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by Capital Region Water in conjunction with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, on Oct. 11. Capital Region Water's recently upgraded Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility transforms waste to produce clean water, renewable energy, and nutrients for farms 24 hours a day, according to a press release. Capital Region Water has completed the first major upgrade of its Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility since 1976. First constructed in 1957, the AWTF currently treats an average of 22 million gallons a day for over 120,000 residents in Harrisburg, Lower Paxton Township, Susquehanna Township, Swatara Township, Paxtang, Penbrook, and Steelton. The upgrade began in 2014 to update aged equipment, improve local water quality, and meet Chesapeake Bay pollutant requirements administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This project was funded, in part, by a $21,500,000 low interest rate loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region celebrated its at new Carlisle location at 201 N. Hanover St., Carlisle on Nov. 2 with a ribbon-cutting with the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce.

The city of York and Downtown Inc. held a ribbon-cutting on Oct. 21 for Collusion Tap Works which opened at 105 S. Howard St., York. Founded by Jared, Chuck and Doug Barnes, Collusion Tap Works is a full-service brewery.

Carmen Arias and her husband Braudilio have opened Picalonga Sabor Tropical at 111 E. Princess St. The restaurant will feature both Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine. Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Intulse will hold a ribbon-cutting at 29 S. Market St., Elizabethtown at 11 a.m. Nov. 3. The business offers cloud-based phone solutions for small businesses. Intulse is operated by four Lancaster County professionals who discovered a need for a new, technology-focused phone system that could offer customized, big business features with small business pricing and local support, a press release said. Darren Hollick is the CEO of Intulse and Keith Goodling is the chief sales officer.


Swatara Township has plans to build a new municipal campus and public park on the 59-acre Bishop Farm, purchased in 2012. The Bishop Farm site is located along Highland Street and features a rolling landscape with views of the surrounding areas from its high points. The township hired the Landscape Architecture firm, H. Edward Black and Associates Ltd. and the architecture firm, Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site to design the park, infrastructure and buildings planned for the site.

Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects was awarded the design commission for the new Spring Garden Township Municipal Complex. Murphy & Dittenhafer will design a new campus to consolidate Spring Garden Township's administration, police and recreation services into one location. The new building will be located on the Spring Garden Township owned 56-acre parcel at 1799 Mt. Rose Avenue. Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, in collaboration with a team of engineering and specialty consultants including Barton Associates; RGS Associates; Baker, Ingram & Associates; YSM Landscape Architects; Alexander Building Construction Co. and F.T. Kitlinski. Spring Garden Township's preliminary plans for new recreational amenities include pavilions, walking trails and athletic fields as well as related support facilities.

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners awarded a contract to Kinsley Construction for the replacement of Craighead Bridge in South Middleton Township and the rehabilitation of Green Lane Farm Bridge in Lower Allen Township.

Built in 1899, Craighead Bridge carries Zion Road over the Yellow Breeches Creek and has been closed since July 18, 2013 when a routine inspection of the bridge revealed extensive structural deterioration. Since that time, Cumberland County has been conducting the engineering and design studies required for the bridge's replacement. Prior to its closure, the bridge carried over 2,000 vehicles per day. The new structure will be a modern two-lane bridge and will be located just west of the current bridge.

Green Lane Farm Bridge carries Green Lane Drive over the Yellow Breeches Creek. Built in 1889, the one-lane, steel through truss bridge has an eight-ton load posting and carries nearly 3,000 vehicles per day. Cumberland County, in partnership with co-owner York County, will be making repairs to the bridge's abutments, floor beam hangers, stringers, stringer bearings, and top lateral bracings. The repairs along with routine maintenance will allow the bridge to continue carrying traffic at its current 8-ton posting for the next 25 years, a press release said.


Jeffrey Taylor and Sandra Hughes purchased a 2,683-square-foot commercial building at 5899 York Road, North Codorus Township, York County. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller and the buyer in the transaction.

Calvin and Patricia Hansford purchased a 1,728-square-foot industrial building at 5162 Carlisle Road in Dover Township. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller and the buyer in the transaction.

Major League Rentals LLC purchased a 2,992-square-foot industrial building at 227 Springdale Avenue in York. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller in the transaction.

Michael E. Diehl purchased a 3,480-square-foot industrial building at 1832 Monroe St., West Manchester Township. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller and the buyer in the transaction.

Stanley and Kathe Reip purchased a 1,680-square-foot commercial building at 2746 S. Queen St., York Township. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the seller and the buyer in the transaction.

Freedom Fashion Boutique leased 1,272-square-feet of retail space at 12 Center St., in Hanover. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord and the tenant in the transaction.

LSP123 leased 212-square-feet of office space at Station Square Shopping Center in Manheim Township. Rock Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant in the transaction.


The Valencia Ballroom in York reopened as a catering and event venue on November 1 under the management of White Rose Bar and Grill. The facility is owned by Kinsley Properties and has been unoccupied since July of 2015. The facility provides options that support groups ranging in size from 20 to 400 people. The catering plan includes a menu that will be reflective of the fare found at White Rose Bar and Grill and its sister establishment, Rockfish Public House. Information: