Shoppes at Belmont, a project of Manbel Devco, is a vibrant mixed-use community that enhances Lancaster County. The project team worked 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.
Community Collaboration and A Proven Track Record
Shoppes at Belmont project has been 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 has become part of an already vibrant commercial corridor in Lancaster County and added new uses to the 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 offer exciting new choices to residents, visitors, businesses and farmers in Lancaster County.
The developers of Shoppes at Belmont are proud to have preserved many of the historic aspects of the David M. Mayer farmstead on Fruitville Pike, including the house. The David M. Mayer house was built between 1870 and 1874 and has undergone a $350,000 exterior restoration and renovation. The work included removal and replacement of the existing windows, re-pointing the chimneys and various locations around the House, repairs to the roof and the soffits, and restoration of the shutters. The exterior was painted and the large porch was rebuilt and repaired. The grounds have been improved, along with the restoration of the historic iron fence and stone gates. The house has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places
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 preserved and provided 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 has been installed to discuss the heritage of the David M. Mayer farmstead and the various elements of the propert
The Frey family understands and respects the role farming plays in our area. Through the Manheim Township Transferrable Development Rights (TDR) program, we have preserved 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 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. New sidewalks have also been built along Fruitville Pike.
As local community members, we care deeply about the level and flow of traffic through our area. This project included extensive roadway improvements and the addition of sidewalks and bicycle lanes along Fruitville Pike. The improvements helped to alleviate current traffic and avoid additional congestion.
Bicycle and walking paths have been added through the Belmont property, plus pedestrian access to Glen Moore Circle, which will tie into Manheim Township’s pedestrian trail system. There is no vehicular connection between the Belmont development and the Glen Moore Circle community.
A new traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Fruitville Pike and the southern entrance to the Shoppes at Belmont, where Whole Foods is. Also included were northbound left and right turn lanes and southbound left and right turn lanes on Fruitville Pike as well as construction of additional lanes to make it easier for motorists to travel between Route 30 and Lancaster City.
The northern entrance on Fruitville Pike and Red Rose Commons Driveway was provided with a dual southbound left turn lane, a dual northbound left turn lane, and an additional northbound thru lane, a northbound right turn lane, and an eastbound right turn lane at the Red Rose Commons Driveway.
Manbel Devco also constructed a brick enclosed bus shelter with a cupola on top that matches the one of the David Meyer house across the street. Red Rose Transit Authority now drops off and picks up riders inside the Shoppes at Belmont, rather than on Fruitville Pike.
Last but certainly not least, a multi-million-dollar contribution has been made to Manheim Township for traffic improvements in the Community.
In planning Shoppes at Belmont, we felt environment was key. Creating a completely new community in such rich historic countryside demands careful attention. The Shoppes at Belmont is unique in that it sits next to three acres of wetlands. Between the complex and wetlands is a wetland buffer. This buffer is an area of undisturbed vegetation that will reduce adverse effects to wetland function from the adjacent development. Manbel Devco worked with Manheim Township and Lancaster County as well as State, and Federal agencies to ensure the wetlands remain healthy, removed invasive species, and planted native wetland grasses, shrubs, and trees. We have added approximately 1,163 total trees to ensure the future of the existing wetlands corridor.