Demolition is expected to begin soon on five acres along Pauline Drive at South Queen Street and Interstate 83 in York Township. The property will be
Demolition is expected to begin soon on five acres along Pauline Drive at South Queen Street and Interstate 83 in York Township. The property will be getting a hotel, bank and restaurant, but the plans for a Red Robin have fallen through. (Randy Flaum photo)

Red Robin won't be nesting in York County after all.

Franchisee Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc. signed a letter of intent last fall to open the gourmet burger restaurant in York Township as part of the development plan for the former Wright Brothers Lincoln Mercury property along South Queen Street.

But those plans fell through, according to developers, who did not elaborate.

"We're working with several other businesses to get another restaurant in there," said Dave Hogg, CEO of Springwood Companies, the developer for the site plans.

It would have been the first Red Robin in York County. The franchisee intended to open a location in Red Lion in 2007, but those plans also failed to come to fruition.

Though Red Robin won't be opening, the rest of the project is still on track.

Fencing is now up along the 5-acre parcel near the Queen Street exit to Interstate 83 North, and demolition is expected to begin during the next month or two, said Joshua George, an engineer with York-based Site Design Concepts.

Plans calls for a 99-room, four-story Hampton Inn & Suites, a bank and a restaurant on the former Wright Brothers property behind Sunoco, Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins along South Queen Street.

The hotel will break ground May 1 and will open early next year, Hogg said.

Five traffic access points will be created to the new development, and a costume shop had to be razed as part of the plans.

Make Believin' Costumes relocated last month from its former Pauline Drive address to 2709 S. Queen St.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.