Lime Spring Square Floodplain Reconfiguration: A Gross Value of Nearly $1.9 Million
Lime Spring Square, a 98-acre site, features 642,000 SF of mixed-use space, including 25 retail spaces as well as commercial buildings, warehouse facilities, and medical offices. In total, the client had a construction budget of $125 million.
RGS helped restore 11.5 acres of floodplain as a part of the project. From an economic standpoint, the Lime Spring Square floodplain restoration resulted in an additional 8.5 acres of developable area; generating additional gross revenue valued at nearly $1.9 million for the client.
From an environmental perspective, the restored floodplain provided watershed-level denitrification, peak rate reduction, and water quality benefits, as well as project-level volume controls. Beyond the inherent habitat and thermal improvements, ongoing pollutant load reductions assisted the township in meeting its MS4 permit obligations without the use of taxpayer monies.
New Roadways and Traffic Flows Lead to $1 Million in State Grants
RGS and its partners employed their existing relationships with the local municipality, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and PENNDOT to obtain priority review status on the project’s permits and approvals. In addition, a one-million-dollar grant for Oak Tree was secured to provide pedestrian and vehicular circulation improvements along the heavily traveled Rohrerstown Road corridor.
A Customized Site Experience Attracts Businesses and Builds Loyalty
RGS choreographed design details to create a brand identity for Lime Spring Square that yielded a unique and inviting place to gather with family and friends. Overall, and with the help of the RGS team, this mixed-use project highlights that environmental stewardship, public-private collaboration, and client advocacy are not competing interests, but rather an opportunity to develop creative solutions to complex problems.