High Real Estate owned land with good proximity to the City of Lancaster, U.S. Route 30, and many amenities, making it an ideal site for a mixed-use community. However, the property had steep slopes, wetlands, 35 acres of floodplains, and historic buildings. RETTEW worked with the client to develop a master plan for an 89-acre, mixed-use center incorporating 210,000 SF of retail shops, restaurants, and other recreational facilities, with 258 units of multi-family housing in a pedestrian-oriented streetscape environment. The project included several miles of interpretive trails and wildlife viewing areas along the adjacent stream corridor. These design elements transformed the floodplain area into valuable open space and the cultural elements of the site into amenities, adding value to the community. The project also required floodplain and stormwater approvals to adjust the floodplain, allowing the full development to occur.
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