York City seeking public input on downtown nightclub

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

As two brothers weigh an option to expand their nightclub business to downtown York City, the city is reaching out to residents who might have to live next to the potential nighttime hotspot.

York City officials posted a 10-question online survey on the city’s website Monday evening, asking residents — especially those in the Central Business District — to share their thoughts and concerns about the prospect of a nightclub opening nearby.

The old Citizens Bank building at 1 N. George St. in York City.

Sean and Matt Landis, owners of the Fat Daddy’s nightclub in Springettsbury Township, secured an exclusive six-month option in June to explore purchasing the former Citizens Bank building in Continental Square at the intersection of George and Market streets.

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The York City Redevelopment Authority holds the deed to the building and has been seeking a purchaser for the cornerstone building in the heart of the city.

The Citizens Bank building has been vacant since 2012, and multiple developers have turned down similar options to purchase the building from the authority in the past year.

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Resident survey: “The City of York is interested in your perspective on recent interest in the reuse of the former Citizens Bank building located at 1 North George Street on Continental Square,” the survey reads.

The survey asks several demographic questions, including age, gender and what neighborhood residents live in, before asking for their suggestions on how to improve the livability of their areas.

After several other questions about people’s visits to downtown York City, the final four questions of the survey address the potential changes at the former bank building.

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“Are you receptive to the proposed reuse of Citizens Bank as a live music venue/bar on Continental Square?” the seventh question reads.

The eighth question of the survey elicits residents’ concerns about the building’s revival, while questions 9 and 10 ask how a nightclub would affect “current livability” and if it would bring more visitors and business to downtown York City.

The Landis brothers will have until the end of the year to strike a deal with the Redevelopment Authority to purchase the building or walk away from it.