Habitat is exploring its next building project on a grassy and wooded lot along Juniata Street in the City of Lancaster’s Southeast neighborhood.
Located near Thaddeus Stevens College and Hands Woods, the Juniata Street lot is 3.5 acres and has the potential to be the future site of affordable, energy-efficient homes for local families.
In effort to better understand community needs, and to be good stewards of the land, Habitat has hosted several meeting with neighbors, local leaders and land-use professionals to determine the best course of action to take. Please read on to learn about our latest plans and discussions. And, we invite you to stay up-to-date on our progress by joining our mailing list; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
Lancaster Lebanon Habitat has developed a preliminary layout design for discussion and input about how best to use the land available. This design was first shared with neighborhood residents on June 10, 2020. The plan incorporates comments and feedback from a Visioning Session held in July 2019, including a desire to emphasize open/green/recreational space, off-street parking, and have both market-rate and affordable homes, using the Habitat model.
We also learned that while zoning permits commercial uses, such as banks, markets, and daycares, those amenities were not desirable. Above all, we heard that the residents love their neighborhood and, if new homes were built, they should blend in and be of the same quality. For these reasons the preliminary design supports homes of the same quality, creates enough parking for new residents and 16 more spaces to share, open/green/recreational space with potential to be a city park, and more pedestrian access to connect to the neighboring school campuses.
These plans are not final and will be the basis for discussion at the second visioning session, which will develop real plans to be formally proposed to the City and County governments this winter.
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