by Bill Simpson
He’s long been one of the major figures in the revival of downtown Lancaster, even though neither the place of his birth nor his choice of a college major would indicate that he’d be such a powerful advocate of the city.
John Meeder is the president of Meeder Development Corporation and Meedcor Realty and his passion is to create new and exciting uses for existing buildings, especially in cities. Some of his successful transformations in Lancaster are Arch Street Commons, City Crossings, The New School of Lancaster, Christian Street Court, Center City Lofts, and the Historic East Side Suites.
Besides being vital parts in Lancaster’s revitalization, these projects all have one thing in common. They’re all a long way from John’s hometown of Gibsonia, which is about 15 miles north of Pittsburgh and a part of the Pine-Richland School District. John graduated from Pine-Richland High School, whose football team fell to Manheim Central in the highly memorable double overtime PIAA AAA championship game that took place on a snowy December night in 2003. John is a loyal Ram, and he felt the pain of the loss very closely. “I was in the stands that night.” Read the full article HERE