Construction workers are giving a fresh face to the building at North Queen and Orange streets.
“It’s modernizing, it’s engaging the building with the population of Lancaster that’s thriving,” said Melanie Burnett, principal of LeFever Funk Architects.
The old Bulova building is becoming 101 North Queen, or 101 N Q, a $30-million project.
“We’re creating a brand new 2020 facade, which is primarily glass,” Burnett said.
The 200,000 square-foot building is getting new life on the first floor with retail shops. Starbucks has already signed on and developers are looking for other grab and go food options and clothing boutiques.
The second and third floor will feature office space. Higher than that there will be luxury condos.
“It was one of the most underutilized properties in the city,” Burnett said. “This is a prime piece of real estate.”
On Saturday, crews will close one lane of Orange Street to remove some of the building’s larger panels.
The first shops in the building should open later this year, with everything opening in 2020.