The American Planning Association awards Lancaster Central Market with the National Planning Excellence Award-Urban Design for Assessments, Guidelines, and Recommendations for Preservation and Development.
The Lancaster Central Market: Assessments, Guidelines, and Recommendations for Preservation and Development guidelines was created after a comprehensive study of the Lancaster Central Market that connected the importance of architectural preservation, urban development history, and cultural heritage, to present planning and development decisions. The Central Market is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named by APA as one of the Great Public Spaces in America. The study of the Central Market that resulted in the planning guidelines was a regional first, producing a historical-architectural report to guide building renovations, before decisions were made for a capital improvement project.
The guidelines document and explain the market’s historical, cultural, architectural, and urban design significance. It explains the relevance of architectural and preservation standards in relation to the market’s ongoing economic vitality, and also serves as both a permanent public record and educational tool. In addition to analyzing the Central Market’s historical attributes, the manual’s development and policy guidelines have helped refocus the market’s operations toward securing the city’s food supply and reaffirming the market’s economic connection between the region’s agricultural producers and its urban consumers.
National Planning Awards 2013