Construction was complete on the building located at 175 W Gay Ave in 1873 by Empire Car Works. Empire Car Works was a major railcar manufacturer within the City of York, Pennsylvania. In 1894, Keystone Farm Machine Company moved into the building and manufactured and sold farm equipment. In the beginning of 1919 the building was bought and branded as the Keystone Color Works Building. Keystone Color Works Inc. manufactured wallpaper colors and mica. As industry evolved the production of mica was discontinued and the manufacturing of paint became a large scale of their business. In June of 1935 the paint department was closed and the manufacturing of wallpaper colors became a vital part of the Keystone Color Works business.
Distinct Companies executed a Redevelopment Agreement with the Redevelopment Authority for the City of York in the fall of 2014. The Color Works Building is located in the vibrant Northwest Triangle and is scheduled to be converted into 29 high end loft style apartments. Each apartment will adorn exposed brick walls and beams, stainless steel appliances, hardwood or acid etched concrete floors, granite countertops, high efficiency heating and cooling, washer/dryer hookups, and much more. The building will be completely revitalized with an industrial modern feel keeping and exposing all the character dating back to 1873. Color Works will feature secure on-site parking, elevator servicing each floor, a roof top deck overlooking the Codorus Creek, fire pit, community grilling, free Wi-Fi, and a commercial fitness room. The property is conveniently located in Downtown York City one block from the White Rose Bar & Grill, minutes to I-83 and route 30, and the proposed rail trail right in window view. The Building will feature one and two bedroom loft style apartments with rents ranging from $900–$1400 a month. Construction will begin in the spring of 2015 and will finish in the Spring of 2016. Please call 717-781-6360 to reserve your home today!