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Published in the Central Penn Business Journal
By Lenay Ruhl, September 27, 2016

Landis Homes broke ground Tuesday, Septmeber 27, 2016 on a $27 million learning and wellness center in Lancaster County.

The Manheim Township-based retirement community is adding a 103,000-square-foot, four-level building to its campus.

The new facility will include an indoor pool, a pharmacy and a bank, among other community-centered services.

The building will also have 22 apartments on its top two floors. The apartments will range in size from 1,145 square feet to 1,395 square feet.

To make way for the wellness center, Landis Homes will demolish nine cottage buildings.

The cottages are being replaced because they were built in the early 1970s and do not have the layout that residents have said in surveys that they prefer.

Landis Homes found that about 70 percent of potential residents are interested in two-bedroom apartments and one-bedroom apartments with dens, rather than the one-bedroom apartments that make up the majority of available units at Landis Homes, according to spokesperson Larry Guengerich.

Landis Homes also considered feedback from residents who prefer to be closer to activities and amenities, as they will be with the new wellness center, Guengerich said.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of a $49 million expansion adding 80 apartments to Landis Homes.

East Lampeter Township-based High Construction Co. is managing the project. The center was designed by Manheim Township-based RLPS Architects.

Landis Homes expects to complete the wellness center by early 2018.

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