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Bike Patrols launch in Southwest Lancaster as extra ‘set of eyes on the street’

The first bike ambassadors for Lancaster’s Southwest neighborhood were off and pedaling Thursday, marking the start of long-planned improvements to that quadrant of the city.

“The No. 1 concern from residents is safety and security,” said Jim Shultz, director of neighborhood enhancement for the Southwest revitalization efforts, now officially named SoWe.

The three-person team of bike ambassadors will be an extra “set of eyes on the street,” said Shultz who is also the program development director for the Lancaster Housing and Opportunity Partnership.

“Conversations with the (city) police department show criminal mischief and graffiti are down and quality of life issues are improved in areas where the bike ambassadors patrol,” said Dave Aichele, director of Clean & Safe Services for the Lancaster City Alliance, which is a partner with the SoWe initiative. Read the full story here.

Join the Lancaster City Alliance Team!

Join Team Lancaster: The Lancaster City Alliance is currently recruiting for a Director of Communications.  This key position oversees all the Alliance’s Communications in all areas of its business; internal and external publications; speeches and video presentations; fundraising materials; and public communications.  The ideal candidate will have attained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations or a related communications field and have at least 5 years of related experience.  A self-starter with excellent writing and presentations skills, the most attractive candidates will have experience in fundraising and development and have proven their ability to educate and persuade others.

A complete job description can be found here. All  Inquiries must be sent to

Rider Alert for Queen Street Station Closing and Bus Detours

RRTA’s Queen Street Station will be closed for con­struction starting Monday, July 24, 2017 and will remain closed for a minimum of three months. During construction, Queen Street Station will not allow buses in the transit park for boarding or deboarding of passengers.

The Information Center at Queen Street Station will remain open during normal business hours throughout construction for RRTA passengers to wait and purchase passes. Weekday hours are from 8 AM to 5:30 PM and Weekends are from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The alternate RRTA bus stops can be found here.

Southwest Lancaster Awarded $1.15M Over 5 Years To Revitalize Neighborhood

Southwest Lancaster city residents are celebrating. They have ambitious plans to invest in better housing, to clean up parks and build new ones, to encourage others to move in and buy homes.

They want to revive one of the most neglected quadrants of the city.

The tradition-rich neighborhoods, settled in the 1800s by Germans and home to a new generation of immigrants, people from Angola and Laos and Puerto Rico and the Congo, have brought new cultures, ideas and energy to Lancaster’s Southwest community.

And now they’re getting some help.

A Wells Fargo foundation that funds neighborhood improvements in the U.S. is awarding $1.15 million to the Southwest over five years, money that will be used to fix up homes, lure more businesses and pay for new bike ambassadors and street lights and other amenities that add to the quality of life. to read. Read more here.

View the full Southwest Lancaster Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy – Final Report.

Traffic Alert During Hotel Expansion at Penn Square

Construction activity beginning May 1st on first block of East King Street, two travel lanes maintained on King with minimal parking restrictions.

Beginning Monday May 8th, demolition of three properties will occur on East King Street adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, in advance of the hotel expansion at Penn Square. Demolition and site preparations are expected to last up to 4 weeks.

Prior to demolition and beginning May 1st, the two travel lanes will be shifted left (north) to accommodate two lanes of travel while providing a safe working zone buffer for the demolition activity. Parking will be eliminated between Queen and Christian Streets to facilitate this shift. This shift will remain in place until the new tower is completed in 2018.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Matt Metzler (717) 291-4777 or

Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum Returns to Lancaster!

Our fourth Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum will return on Thursday, April 27th, to the historic Southern Market Center!

Join us for another chance to present your big idea to a community of thinkers just like you! Presented by the Lancaster City Alliance, Assets and Pubforge, Cultivate Lancaster is a free workshop for budding entrepreneurs to connect with influential thinkers and doers and learn about the many resources and small business support services that are available in the community. We hope to see you there!

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Lancaster City Alliance Is Moving!

Lancaster City Alliance is on the move! Our 354 N. Prince St. office will be closing on Friday, March 17th and reopening in the new home for the Lancaster Chamber for Commerce & Industry, and its partners, at 115 East King. The move will begin early Friday morning and we expect to be back in touch via phone, and email by Monday, March 20th. Our new physical address will be: 115 E. King St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Our email addresses and phone number remain the same.

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