The redevelopment of the former Wilbur Chocolate Factory required careful planning and a design solution that respects the local iconic structure. The site is currently occupied by a dozen different buildings added to the original factory over the decades. The final design solution preserve the most historically and architecturally significant portions of the buildings and removes the later industrial additions that were competing for daylight on an already crowed site.
The vision for the project encompasses varied uses to ultimately bring more people into this thriving downtown to live, shop, dine and stay. The first design result is 26 unique condo residences that take advantage of the exposed brick and heavy timber structure to create unique, luxury living quarters with views of the adjacent Lititz Springs Park. The second goal is to create a 74-room boutique hotel that will complement the personality and style of Lititz. “The Wilbur” pays homage to the historic chocolate brand that is a big part the community heritage and will provide upscale guest rooms and amenities within the framework of these historic buildings.
Adding to an already thriving retail and food culture in Lititz, the design also includes a new 150-seat restaurant and fit-out spaces for retail stores along Broad Street. This new building addition has been carefully designed to be a good architectural neighbor to the well-established fabric of downtown Lititz. Additional condo residences above will have great views of the popular main street. Age-qualified housing and market-rate apartments are also being considered for this site in later phases.