Shoppes at Belmont, a project of Manbel Devco, will create a vibrant mixed-use community that enhances Lancaster County. The project team will work collaboratively with the community to incorporate retail and residential uses, preservation of historic elements, traffic improvement and multi-modal accessibility, and provide for farmland preservation. The Shoppes are on track to open in early 2018.
Community Collaboration and A Proven Track Record
Shoppes at Belmont project is led in large part by the Frey family, who have been active residents in the Lancaster community since 1758. The Frey’s have a deep respect for the local community heritage and a proven track record of working on community-focused projects in the Lancaster County area.
Shoppes at Belmont will become part of an already vibrant commercial corridor in Lancaster County and will add new uses to this community, including preservation of existing open space and historical attributes, trails for biking and walking, as well as traffic improvements to help with traffic volume and flow. The diverse assets of the development will offer exciting new choices to residents, visitors, businesses and farmers in Lancaster County. We are committed to working collaboratively with our community.
The developers of Shoppes at Belmont are proud to be preserving many of the historic aspects of the David M. Mayer farmstead including the house. The David M. Mayer house was built between 1870 and 1874 and will undergo a $350,000 exterior restoration and renovation. The interior will be completed when a tenant is secured. It could be used for offices, a café, or similar uses as permitted under the Manheim Township zoning. The retail and residential buildings in the development will be based on the farmstead aesthetic. The property’s main barn was dismantled by the operators of Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, who plan to reassemble it for use in their wedding receptions and corporate events business at the ranch.
Shoppes at Belmont will also include preservation and interpretive information for the property’s historic cemetery (circa 1700’s), quarry and lime kilns. The historic lime kilns provided lime used for whitewash, mortar and fertilizer for Lancaster farms. In addition to interpretive features at these sites, interpretive education will be provided where possible to discuss the heritage of the David M. Mayer farmstead and the various elements of the property.
The Frey family understands and respects the role farming plays in our area. Through the Manheim Township Transferrable Development Rights (TDR) program, we will be preserving farmland in Lancaster County through the purchase of 77 TDRs, which equates to approximately 40 acres of preserved farmland.
Smart Growth and Multi-Modal Accessibility
Shoppes at Belmont is smart growth-focused as it is located in an existing commercial corridor and incorporates multi-modal accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians. It provides trails for walking and cycling around the development for both residents and other community members, and importantly provides connections to the existing Manheim Township bike pathways. These trails weave through the secured open space at Belmont, providing accessibility to many of the preserved historic elements of the site. Additionally there will be new sidewalks along Fruitville Pike.
As local community members and bike-enthusiasts, we care deeply about the level and flow of traffic through our area. We are committed to making necessary traffic improvements around Shoppes at Belmont. The project will include extensive roadway improvements such as the addition of sidewalks along Fruitville Pike and an existing bicycle corridor. The improvements proposed for this project will help alleviate current traffic and avoid additional congestion, while contributing to the area’s vision for Complete Streets, which focuses on multi-modal accessibility including walkability and biking.
In planning Shoppes at Belmont, environment is key. Creating a completely new community in such rich historic countryside demands careful attention. Standards will be designed and reviewed by Township, County, State and Federal agencies. Historical and environmental studies are currently underway to help define this initiative.