On September 28th, RGS Associates along with the development team of B&F Properties, RJ Waters, Traffic Planning and Design, Bernardon Architects, Ames Construction, BR Kreider and members of the community gathered together to celebrate the ceremonial turning of the dirt for The Shoppes at Belmont. The new mixed use community in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, PA will incorporate retail and residential uses, preserve historic features, improve traffic and multi-modal accessibility, and provide farmland preservation. The project will feature a main street lined with retail shops, restaurants, cafes, and a central green. In addition to the main street shops there will be an in-line commercial center with four anchor tenants.  Along the eastern boundary of the site there will be a blend of 13 single family homes and 74 townhomes.

RGS Associates worked with the Developer of the Shoppes at Belmont from the inception of the project providing initial site analysis, feasibility studies and site master planning services. RGS worked closely with the Developer and Municipality to create a design solution that met the Township’s Form Based Code while appealing to future tenants. The landscape architectural design developed by RGS for the retail/restaurant main street, open spaces, pedestrian boulevards, landscaping and walking trails were critical to meeting the Township’s Form Based Code requirements and Tenant needs. The Shoppes at Belmont site had wetlands, a floodplain, a stream, and a quarry that needed to be modified and improved. RGS worked closely with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, US Army Corp of Engineers, and Lancaster County Conservation District to successfully obtain the environmental permitting.  Incorporating civil engineering design elements such as mitigated wetlands, amended soils, bio-infiltration basins, floodplain improvements, wetlands, and stream corridor will provide necessary stormwater management while improving water quality.

RGS Associates is an award-winning consulting firm of registered landscape architects and civil engineers who provide their clients with creative site design and entitlement services beginning with initial feasibility investigations and continuing through project construction. Founded in 1993, RGS specializes in the thoughtful design of retirement communities, commercial centers, residential neighborhoods, and urban centers located throughout central Pennsylvania.