Lancaster City Council has approved Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry's plans to renovate its new location.

The chamber plans to move from Southern Market Center to 115 East King Street by year's end.

The new location is a red brick building built in 1972 for insurance broker Engle-Hambright & Davies. The firm, and EHD Advisory, an investment adviser, moved to Greenfield Corporate Center in April 2015.

Chamber officials want to redo the facade in a mix of light brown, tan and gray brick with aluminum panels and new windows. The chamber will also renovate the interior.

Council's unanimous vote Tuesday, with no discussion, to accept the Historical Architectural Review Board's recommendation for approval means the city can issue a certificate of appropriateness, which is needed for work to begin.

The new location will enable the chamber to create a business center for the county, according to president Tom Baldrige. The chamber will offer professional development, training programs and will expand its work with area educational institutions on credit and non-credit programs.

The chamber expects to close on the purchase as early as March.

The move is prompted in part by the city’s plans to sell Southern Market Center, which currently serves as the chamber’s headquarters.

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