'Fabric of York' reborn: Century-old rail building overhauled
Renovations to a more than 100-year-old building that York City officials have called "the fabric of York" are complete, and the new tenants say the makeover has left them with a great new office space.
The Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County, which works to preserve agricultural and environmental landscapes, on Oct. 1 officially moved into the historic Western Maryland Railway Freight Office at the intersection of North George Street and Arch Street.
“I’ve been here pretty much every business day since the start,” said Sean Kenny, executive director of the trust. “And I absolutely love the building."
Before the renovations, the 2,684-square-foot brick building long sat vacant. It was one of the few remaining buildings in the area that had been left untouched by repair.
The freight building was built in 1896 and was last used as a transfer station for grain.
In September 2019, however, the city's Historical Architectural Review Board approved Kinsley Properties' design to renovate the building.
Kinsley Properties did not respond to multiple phone calls inquiring about the costs of renovations.
While Kenny said both the location and the view it provides is a big improvement over the trust's previous office, COVID-19 mitigation efforts have prevented him from feeling the full experience.
However, he said, he looks forward to a return to normalcy.
“This block really has a lot going on,” Kenny said. “It’s going to be exciting when all the activities commence here.”
— Logan Hullinger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.