Lancaster Convention Center Delayed Again

Already pushed back twice, the opening of the new Lancaster Convention Center in Lancaster, Pa., has been delayed again, its developers recently announced.

The $170 million convention center, which will feature over 90,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, was previously scheduled to open in March, then April and, most recently, on May 11. It's now estimated that the facility will open in mid-June, although developers have declined to announce a specific date.

"My goal is to have it done by the end of the month—all of it," Tom Smithgall, representing master developer High Associates, told a crowd of stakeholders last week at a meeting of the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority.

The reason for the delay, according to Smithgall, is that the convention center and adjacent Marriott hotel must be inspected by state and local agencies, who have yet to issue to the properties a certificate of occupancy. That certificate, he said, is expected to be in hand by May 29.

In the meantime, the Associated Press reports, the company managing the convention center and hotel says it's working with customers who booked events in May to reschedule them or move them elsewhere if needed.