Silent auction offers up historic Yorktowne items

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

Yorkers will get another chance to buy a piece of York County history Thursday night at a “renovation celebration” for the Yorktowne Hotel.

Old-fashioned clothes hangers, spoons and Christmas lights will be auctioned off, as well as several signs bearing the names of the Yorktowne’s suites, said Katie Mahoney, vice president of the York County Economic Alliance, which is running the event.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Valencia Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased online for $50 per person or $90 per couple, Mahoney said.

Rick Buckner, left, and his son Ryan, both of York, move a dresser from an eighth floor room as volunteers from LifePath Christian Ministries move furniture and other items destined for auction at the Yorktowne Hotel, Monday, March 13, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

Top-ticket items also will be up for grabs during the silent auction, including photos taken during the hotel’s construction, original building blueprints and a special-edition newspaper from the hotel’s opening in 1925, Mahoney said.

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“(It’s) a way to take a little piece of Yorktowne history home,” Mahoney said.

All proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will be donated to the York County Industrial Development Authority, which owns the Yorktowne Hotel.

Mahoney said the “casual” fundraising event also will feature decade-themed food stations catered by White Rose Bar & Grill and a hotel-design reveal from several partners on the renovation project.

Representatives from the development authority, Kinsley Construction, GF Management, NuTec Group and AB Sketches will be at the event to speak about design plans and project timelines, Mahoney said.

Kinsley Construction will serve as construction manager for the renovations, while Philadelphia-based GF Management has been selected to run the Yorktowne Hotel when renovations are complete. 

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Mahoney said the Yorktowne Hotel is still on schedule to be reopened in late 2018. 

The Yorktowne Hotel is undergoing a $20 million renovation to create a mixed-use commercial property that includes a first-class downtown hotel and a restaurant or retail space.

The project will be funded with $10 million in state funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, with the rest coming from community stakeholders and investors.