The Seitzland Village project proposes an adaptive re-use of a group of heritage buildings in the immediate vicinity of the York County Heritage Trail. Originally, the rail line gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to establish businesses along its corridor. Today, we envision re-purposing the original structures in more contemporary applications, to reclaim and revitalize this historic and under-utilized area.
For over four decades, the Seitzland Store had been used by an absentee landlord as a multiple-unit rental. Over the years the building had suffered serious decay. When we purchased the Seitzland Store in 2011, our initial vision was simple: to renovate this neglected country store as a residence, studio, and gallery. Along the way, circumstances and opportunities aligned to expand our modest quest into a unique opportunity to restore the architectural integrity of the Village and showcase local heritage, resources, and talent.
Working together with Shrewsbury Township, a zoning ordinance was created and adopted for an Historic Village Overlay District (“HVO”). The new zoning model is designed to encourage local business and increase interest in the history and culture of the community. As a result of this new zoning, a larger plan became feasible. The location of the buildings in the Village supports this expanded vision of a Heritage Village renovation.
PUBLIC SEWER SYSTEM
2012 saw the implementation of a public sewer system. The capacity of the community sewer will support the growth potential permitted by the new zoning.
STEAM INTO HISTORY
A 9.8 mile stretch of track along the Heritage Rail Trail has been completely renovated to accommodate an 1860s-replica Civil War era train, carrying passengers from New Freedom, just north of the Mason-Dixon Line, to Hanover Junction, where Abraham Lincoln changed trains en route to Gettysburg to deliver his Gettysburg Address. The Steam Into History organization details the rich history of the area during their excursions. The Seitzland Store sits midway on this excursion route.
HERITAGE RAIL TRAIL
The Heritage Rail Trail was given the DCNR’s Pennsylvania Trail of the Year Award for 2015, bringing added attention and interest to one of the nation’s oldest rail corridors.
Its location along a local commuter pathway makes Seitzland an attractive business site that can establish the Seitzland Village community as an exciting go-to destination.
RAIL TRAIL PARKING
People currently use our Seitzland Store parking, believing that it is an access area. We don’t discourage the use of the building’s parking for Trail parking, but overflow parking will be needed when the Seitzland Store is open for business and more people are coming to the Village.