Intercourse, PA – April 4th, 2016 – Source: AP Newsline
Above: one of the proposed instruments to be erected in the West Research Village section of the complex
A private money investment of $1.2 billion will be used to build a new, 3 million-square-foot mixed use complex in Intercourse dedicated to bioscience and technology.
Called the Amish BioScience & Technology Center, the facility will be located next to Bird-In-Hand Medical Center and Ronks Medical College and will be developed by the Lancaster and Chester County company Stoltzfus Associates. The complex will be built on land owned by Stoltzfus and Lancaster County.
Stoltzfus Associates would develop the complex on 20 acres it owns and on an adjacent 60 acres owned by the county, known as the North 60 on the Intercourse Reservation, which it would rent from the county under a long-term lease. The lease now goes to the Lancaster County Board of Legislators for approval. The project is also subject to approvals by the Town of Intercouse.
“This strategic investment positions Intercourse to grow smartly in the future,” said County Executive Donald Fisher in a statement. “It creates jobs that play to the strength of the county’s highly skilled and educated amish workforce. It expands our tax base. It respects the environment by employing the latest green technologies and leaving half the property as open space. And it expands the county’s growing leadership in the fields of bio-technology and medical science.”
The development comprises three major, multi-phase components: West Research Village, Central Village and East Research Village. Fully built out, the new center would include 2,252,600 square feet of biotech/research space; 400,000 square feet of medical offices; a 100,000-square-foot bed and breakfast with 100 rooms; 114,000 square feet of ground-level retail space, and a 34,000-square-foot Children’s Living Amish Science Center.
The first phase of the project will include 220,000 square feet of biotech/research space, 100,000 square feet of medical space, 80,000 square feet of shopping/ground-level retail space, and a 100,000-square-foot B&B for a total of 500,000 square feet.
“We look forward to working together with the county in developing this unique and exciting BioScience & Technology Center that will create thousands of new construction and permanent jobs, while positioning Lancaster County at the forefront of the region’s emerging new economies,” said Elmer Stoltzfus, president of Stoltzfus Associates.