Juniata Street

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 info@llhfh.org to be added.

Preliminary Layout

Lancaster Lebanon Habitat has developed a preliminary land-use plan that proposes to the City of Lancaster 36 new owner-occupied homes. This design was first shared with neighborhood residents on June 10, 2020. The plan incorporates comments and feedback from Visioning Sessions held in July 2019 and July 2020, where various community stakeholders expressed a desire to emphasize open/green/recreational space, off-street parking, and have homes that will be owner occupied for years to come.

We also learned during the Visioning Sessions that while zoning for the build-site allows 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 several 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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