The Duke Street Project
Schematic of the Duke Street Mall. Demolition of this once-densely built neighborhood made way for a widened South Duke Street, a landscaped pedestrian mall, and garden apartments. Undated photograph of designer's rendering. Courtesy, Bureau of Planning, City of Lancaster.
Located on a triangular plot of land bounded by South Duke, Ann, and Chesapeake streets, Duke Plaza was a major new retail area for the Southeast. The Redevelopment Authority intended to construct a small park with benches as a "passive recreation area" behind the retail complex. The plaza opened for business on Feb. 20, 1963, when Mayor George B. Coe presided over the ceremony. At that time a Thriftway Market anchored the plaza, which also included Capp's Tavern and Deluxe Cleaners, both of which formerly had stood on Rockland Street. Artist's conception (top), published in the Sunday News, June 3, 1962 and plaza as completed (bottom). Courtesy, Lancaster Newspapers, Inc
The first new dwellings completed under urban renewal in Lancaster were the Bogar Homes, located along Rockland Street in the Duke Street project area. These twelve units, the first of a projected 119 houses, were built by the Bogar Lumber Company. The attached row houses were a familiar form in Lancaster, but the staggered design allowed for greater variety in the streetscape. Each home also had a designated parking space at the rear. Courtesy, Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.