Lancaster Square

This file photo from July 2017 shows Lancaster Square from overhead. At left is the Hotel Lancaster. At right is the former Bulova building, which will become "101NQ." Binns Park is at bottom center, across North Queen Street. The square is currently closed off to the public.

Update: Due to the potential thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight, July 17, the "Shape It #1" public input session has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.

Original story, published June 21, 2018: 

The City of Lancaster is seeking public input as it plans the overhaul of Lancaster Square, the plaza on the east side of the 100 block of North Queen Street across from Binns Park.

People can contribute ideas during Celebrate Lancaster on June 29 or at two interactive workshops planned for the third week in July.

The goal is to transform the square into “a premier gathering space for all,” the city said in announcing the sessions.

Owned by the city, Lancaster Square is the legacy of a failed urban renewal effort in the early 1970s. Its makeover comes in conjunction with the redevelopment of two privately owned buildings that adjoin it: The Hotel Lancaster, which will become a Holiday Inn, and the former Bulova building, which is being converted into a mixed-use complex called 101NQ.

The Hotel Lancaster’s proprietors own an annex on the east side of the square. The city intends to acquire the annex property and build a parking garage, possibly with additional components such as retail or housing.