The former site of a Hess gas station had been sitting vacant on a prime corner located at the entrance to Willow Valley Square at Willow Valley Drive and Willow Street Pike for over 7 years. While marketing the site and searching for the highest and best use, we learned that one of the major challenges for the site was its limited size. Willow Street Pike receives 22,000 vehicle trips per day, and the site is located at the first major two-way intersection 2 miles south of the city of Lancaster. Because the site was only slightly larger than 1 acre, the uses for the site were very limited. In spring of 2014, with assistance from Bennett Williams Realty Inc., Willow Valley had the opportunity to enter into a long term lease with nationally recognized auto parts store, Advance Auto Parts based in Roanoke, VA. It took about a year to complete the deal and negotiate the build-to-suit ground lease, but that’s when the real challenge began. Advance Auto’s goal was to complete construction and open the store by December 2015! Willow Valley was committed to make that happen! Willow Valley leaned on its strong relationships with Rettew Associates, CCS Building Group, ESD Architects, B.R. Kreider, West Lampeter Township, PPL, UGI, and CDM Smith. With about 6 months to go in 2015, the team worked to design a site plan, receive County and Township land development approvals, complete construction drawings, obtain building permits, complete major relocations of natural gas, electric, and sewer lines, and construct and deliver a very attractive 6,900 square foot Advance Auto Parts store on November 30, 2015. Advance Auto Parts took possession, installed fixtures and inventory, and opened for business on December 17, 2015, just in time for the holiday rush. Willow Valley is grateful to all of the individuals that worked tirelessly to pull off a remarkable feat. We must add that every individual within the Advance Auto Parts corporation were extremely responsive and helpful throughout the process.
Lancaster / Willow Valley, PA
When Willow Valley decided to convert the Willow Valley Resort into a DoubleTree by Hilton they did not have to go far to find the best team possible to achieve their goals. Willow Valley Property Management & Development along with Hogg Construction put together a great team of contractors to complete the aggressive schedule of this renovation a month early while keeping the hotel open for guests.
Willow Valley and Hilton standards are exceptionally high and can be seen as you walk through this beautiful hotel. The project included 185 guest rooms, kitchen area, pool and spa, meeting rooms, the grand concourse and lobby as well as the main entrance and secondary entrance into the hotel.
Willow Valley’s Property Management & Development team worked closely with Hogg Construction to design and build this 70,848 square foot two story multi-suite medical facility on the grounds of the Willow Valley Lakes Business and Medical Center in Willow Street, PA.
Lancaster General Health was the first tenant occupying a majority of the first floor followed by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster who purchased a suite and opened a 10,000 square foot satellite office.
The project was completed almost 2 months early and under budget. Hogg Construction won an ABC Excellence National Award because of the work on this project.
Market research was completed after seeing the Homewood Inn & Suites which was constructed in 2005 as a success and it was concluded that there was further demand for hotel rooms. A lot adjacent to the Homewood was purchased and the construction of the 5 story Hilton Garden Inn began in 2006. Willow Valley Property Management led this project, partnering with the Hilton Corporation and Hogg Construction.
Willow Valley Associates constructed and opened the Homewood Inn & Suites in 2005; the unique high end finishes are reflective of the Pennsylvania State Capital. This hotels Harrisburg East location and close proximity to both the Capital and Hershey made this location an instant success.
Seeing a need for additional medical services in Southern Lancaster County, Willow Valley and Paul Risk Associates designed and built a two story 15,000sf medical facility to be master leased by HMA-Lancaster Regional Hospital. This building was the first building expansion of the Willow Valley Lakes Business and Medical Center and the first medical facility owned by Willow Valley Associates.