Nicky's Garden Center, 191 Bethany Pike, is planning to renovate and move into the former Hillwood Dairy house property on Wardens Run Road.
Nicky's co-owner P.J. Lenz said renovation work is expected to take a year to two to complete before the move can occur. Lenz said he and his wife, Nikki, purchased the property from the late Louis Lasch, whose family ran the dairy farm until the 1970s.
The Lasch family originally purchased the property from the Fischer family, who built the three-story brick house in 1884. The property also includes a barn that will be used as the actual garden center. The house will be used to expand Nicky's gift shop offerings and as office space. Earth work to level some of the grounds already is under way.
Photo by Shelley Hanson
P.J. Lenz stands with wife Nikki and children Lindsay, 10, and Luke, 8, outside the future site of Nicky’s Garden Center on Wardens Run Road. The Lenz family expects the new property, the former Hillwood Dairy house, to be ready in about two years.
Lenz said the house needs extensive renovation work, but a roof put on the building about 20 years ago saved the structure from falling into total disrepair.
''We've always liked the house. ... It will be more of a destination location and a lot more,'' Lenz said, adding the investment will be a significant one.
At the garden center, more locally grown produce will be offered from gardeners and farmers in the area. Lenz also would like to have a pumpkin patch and corn maze for people to enjoy during fall months.
''The whole community will get to enjoy it,'' Nikki Lenz added.