North Cornwall Commons, a mixed-use development off Cornwall and Rocherty roads near the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, continues to take shape. The 81-acre development includes townhomes, retail space, apartments, restaurants, and a hotel.
Phase 1 includes the townhomes, known as Trail Side Townhomes since the development adjoins the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail. An entrance to the rail trail is located near the complex’s community center, and walking paths are planned throughout the entire development. According to the project’s website, about 118 of the 170 townhomes have been constructed or are under construction. “They’re selling really well,” said Jonathan Byler, owner of Byler Holdings, the company behind the development.
Phase 1 also includes North Cornwall Commons, a retail site; a 90-room 4-story Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites; and a restaurant — Mick’s All American Pub. While North Cornwall Commons is already being occupied by tenants, the hotel is still under construction. Byler said it’s expected to open early June.
Mick’s is currently under construction at 105 Springwood Drive and is expected to open in September or October. It’s owned by Mick and Stephanie Owens. The couple operate three Mick’s restaurants in Lancaster County—one in Willow Street in the Willow Valley complex, one in Lititz at Penn Cinema, and one in Mount Joy’s Donegal Square. “We have a 10-year growth plan in place. The opportunity to expand into the Lebanon area came at the right time for us,” Mick Owens explained, adding that the couple also works with Byler at the Lititz location.
Owens said the Micks in North Cornwall Commons will be about 5,800 square feet. It will seat 240 inside and 30 on an outside patio. A bar will flow from the indoor area to the patio. He said the new restaurant will be similar to the Willow Valley restaurant. Mick’s menu is the same in all locations. The casual restaurant features appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and entrees.
Groundbreaking for the first of two 110-unit apartment buildings, which are located across the street from the townhomes, was held in November. Byler said four of the building’s five floors are up, and construction crews will start on the fifth floor the week of March 29. Crews are also working on plumbing on floors one to four. Seventy apartments will feature one-bedroom, while 40 will be two-bedroom units. The second building will be a duplicate of the first building.
Byler described the apartments, which are Phase 3 of the project, as “luxury apartments” with luxury vinyl plank flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and in-unit washer and dryer. Each apartment also has a balcony. He said the first building should be completed in December, and work is expected to begin on the second building mid-summer.
He said office buildings are planned for Phase 2 and have already received approval from North Cornwall Township. However the plan for that phase may change. “We want to see how the pandemic impacts the market for office space,” Byler explained. “Right now a lot of employees are working remotely from home. We want to see if businesses bring staff back into the office after the pandemic is over; if employees continue to work from home that will impact the market for office space.”
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