Setbacks delay reopening of Yorktowne Hotel


The grand reopening of the landmark Yorktowne Hotel will happen much later than expected.

The hotel was supposed to reopen this summer, but after renovation crews tore down a back portion of the building, they discovered an existing wall was too thin and more work was needed.

Crews also ran into roadblocks with sprinkler systems, HVAC, ADA accessibility, and outdated stairways elevators, and plumbing.

The York County Economic Alliance says it’s been tough to keep the building’s rich history while meeting Hilton hotel standards.

“We would have liked to open at the end of 2019, but doing it right this time, it’s a 100-year opportunity, and rushing through it would not be what the community needs,” Kim Hogeman said.

The cost of the renovation has increased about $7 million since the original announcement. Project officials hope to open the hotel in early 2020.

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