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Landis Communities to offer loft-style apartments in downtown Lancaster to those over age 55

March 5, 2012

Lancaster -- Landis Communities, the umbrella organization operating Landis Homes Retirement Community in Lititz, plans to create a 36 unit rental complex designed for active adults, aged 55 and older. The effort, named Steeple View Lofts, will bring city loft rentals to those wanting to live in the heart of Downtown Lancaster. Plans call for construction to begin in Spring 2012 with occupancy aimed for a year following.

Landis Communities will lease the building, at 118 North Water Street, from new owners Zamagias Properties, headquartered in Pittsburgh, who are purchasing the building from its previous owners.

The apartments will feature one and two bedroom units with a goal of providing comfortable finishes in the apartments and common areas on each floor. The building earlier served as a tobacco warehouse and manufacturing facility and many architectural features will be kept in the space, making it very attractive and unique. In addition to the residential rental units, the first floor will be developed as retail space easily accessible to both residents and the general public.

“During our strategic planning, we contacted many stakeholders.” said Landis Communities President/CEO Larry Zook. “We asked them about our strengths and potential for improvement. One strong theme was to develop urban active adult living options in Lancaster City. These loft apartments, which do not require an advance fee, are our first step in this effort.”

One tenant in the retail space will be Landis At Home, a licensed Home Care agency offering personal care and support services to persons in their homes. It will be available to residents of Steeple View as well as being able to schedule home visits within a 15 mile radius.

Zook went on to say, “We are excited about being present in Downtown Lancaster. We have been meeting with many individuals and organizations and are very excited about the positive feedback we are receiving about this effort. Our board has asked us to consider creative partnerships to make these efforts happen and this certainly is a result of that directive. From the folks at James Street Improvement District to Mayor Gray and other city officials and Downtown merchants, we have made great connections and look forward to having a strong presence in Lancaster for years to come.”

More information can be found on the Steeple View Lofts website. Join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/SteepleViewLofts. Landis Communities grows out of the nearly 50 year history of Landis Homes Retirement Community and remains committed to keeping retirement living strong and vital. Committed to providing a number of living options, including new models of age 55+ active adult living in the city of Lancaster and elsewhere. Committed to providing services at home – supporting aging in place, and to developing creative partnerships in support of all of these areas. Landis Communities is an agency of Lancaster Mennonite Conference and an affiliated ministry of the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church. http://www.landiscommunities.org/

Zamagias Properties, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is engaged in a broad range of business ventures including real estate development and management, healthcare resource management technology, banking and finance and energy development. http://www.zamagias.com/

Contact Information

Steeple View Lofts Website

Larry J. Zook, President/CEO of Landis Communities
(717) 371-2424 lzook@landiscommunities.org

Larry Guengerich, Landis Communities Director of Communications and Church Relations
(717) 333-2826 lguengerich@landiscommunities.org

David C. Martens, Chief Operating Officer of Zamagias Properties
(412) 394-6852 David.Martens@zamagias.com

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