An extensive renovation on the entire exterior of the David M. Mayer House on Fruitville Pike began in May 2017, with the hope of placing the house on the National Register of Historic Places (application pending).
The estimated three month project will include painting, restoring woodwork, fixing masonry, rebuilding its large porch and restoring its 63 unique windows. The grounds will be improved, too, with the restoration of an historic iron fence and stones gates.
The Shoppes of Belmont retail and residential complex on Fruitville Pike is built on the property of the former Mayer-Hess farmstead. Directly across the street from The Shoppes is the David M. Mayer house, built between 1870 and 1874. The developer of the project, Manbel Devco, is preserving the historic Belmont property to ensure the Mayer house secures a place on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.
Preservation PA,the only statewide, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant resources, will ensure the preservation is historically accurate. The first set of renovations has already been approved. Commented Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation PA, “Development is going to continue, but the commitment to maintaining the David M. Mayer house as part of the new development, rather than demolishing it, preserves a piece of history and adds an interesting component. We need to work together to keep the best of our rich history. Using the historic Mayer house in a new way maintains an architecturally significant resource and allows it to have a new future. “
The interior of the home will be renovated, but no tenant has been secured yet. The types of tenants appropriate for the renovated house include offices, a café, or similar uses as permitted under the Manheim Township zoning.
Some of the partners of Manbel Devco are Phil Frey and Nick Frey. The Frey family has lived, farmed and worked in Lancaster County since 1758. They are proud to be preserving many of the historic aspects of the farmstead, including the house. The $350,000 cost will be paid entirely by Manbel Devco.
Other historical efforts at the Shoppes at Belmont site include the property’s historic cemetery (circa 1700’s), quarry and lime kilns.