Lancaster city Historical Commission finds no issues with College Avenue designs

The character and feel of the blocks that surround a proposed five-story affordable housing development at 213 College Ave. would not be compromised by the 64-unit apartment building, the Lancaster city Historical Commission decided unanimously Monday night.

The recommendation will now go to Lancaster City Council for approval in the coming weeks.

The plan calls for the 64 one- and two-bedroom apartments at 213 College Ave. to be reserved for households making roughly between $11,000 and $40,000.

The 4-0 vote from the commission came after Lancaster-based nonprofit developer HDC MidAtlantic presented updated plans after its first trip to the commission in February. The proposals were largely the same, but they nixed plans for a rooftop area and a second driveway into a parking deck from Elm Street, to the rear of the development.