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Visions For Vacancies: The Importer

What would you like to see move into this historic building on Lancaster Avenue?

The Importer building is ready to import a new business. 

You might remember the building from a recent historical photo challenge. It was constructed in 1715, originally part of a 20,000 acre estate. Today, it sits on about three acres at 370 Lancaster Ave., next to the Tri-State Tubular Rivet building, and most recently housed a furniture distributor.

The building is now on the market for sale or lease, being represented by commercial real estate broker Jason Dempsey, the man behind the East Whiteland summer concert series. He said he's proud to be handling the building, which is both historic and cool.

"We wanted to help create a vision for the property and wanted the community to offer some ideas. It has a real cool factor to the space," Dempsey said. 

His firm, Dempsey Development and Brokerage, assembled a brochure with artistic renderings of potential uses for the building. One of them is featured in the gallery above.

What would you like to see take this historic space in this space on Lancaster Avenue? Tell us in the comments.

Geoeray December 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Veterinarian for cows. With free wifi and a dairy bar, coffee, and news stand.
Jason December 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM
We are certainly conducting an exhaustive marketing effort for the reuse of the building. Uses have included food services, coffee purveyors, office, merchandising retail. As for the costs to rehabilitate the property that becomes a user specific discussion. Different users have different needs. Based on the comments here it seems clear that the romance of the property is appealing to most. We will know better as we go through our process to find a user. In the meantime stay positive and talk it up. Thanks for the comments
Nikki Starke March 17, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I would like to see a craft beer / restaurant. How about Victory, Yards, or Sly Fox.
Jason July 12, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Thought I would check back here on the comments...We have been working closely with several quality users that would accommodate the needs and wants of people and businesses in our area. Please stay tuned and let us know what you would like to see here
annmarie bryan October 15, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I too am a huge importer fan..it is a fantastic building. I would like to see a thrift store inside and a flee market outside....just wish I had $$$ to make it happen....do we know the condition inside????

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