YORK-A long-time shopping complex near Busch Gardens has been demolished to make room for a new senior living community.
The Village Shops at Kingsmill was knocked down earlier this spring. Construction will soon begin at the site on the new The Arbors At Williamsburg, an age-restricted apartment complex for individuals 62 and older.
Marlyn Development Corporation is spearheading the project. Marlyn Development Corporation is also behind The Arbors At Towne Park, which is located on Roscoe Crossing across town, also in York County.
The Arbors At Williamsburg will feature 150 units, a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments. The complex will also boast a community room, media center, beauty salon, fitness center, a library and business center, and a multi-purpose room for activities and functions.
The grounds will include amenities such as a dog park, gardens, a grilling area, and an outdoor patio with seating.
“Everything is specifically designed with seniors in mind,” said Brian L. Staub, chief financial officer for Marlyn Development Corporation.
The new apartment complex will be similar to The Arbors At Towne Park, a luxury senior living community that was built in 2019.
The Arbors At Williamsburg replaces The Village Shops at Kingsmill, a shopping center near Busch Gardens. Patronage to The Villages Shops at Kingsmill dwindled through the years as less traffic passed by following the opening of Interstate 64. The layout of the shopping center also made it difficult to attract customers as well as the upkeep.
Jim Noel, York County’s economic development director, said the county is looking forward to having The Arbors At Williamsburg a part of the county.
“It’s an attractive project, and will make a nice addition to York County,” Noel said.
Staub said the hope is for The Arbors At Williamsburg to open in early 2022. For more information, click here.