PA Self Storage Owner Recognized for Preserving Historic Coca Cola Plant

Posted on May 25 2010 - 2:28pm by Kim Kilpatrick

Historic York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic architecture in York County, Pennsylvania, has given Ken Snyder, the owner of Capital Self Storage of Springettsbury Township, an award for preserving the building that used to house the Coca-Cola Bottling Works. Snyder converted the building to use it as a self storage facility. The Capital Self Storage conversion was one of four building projects to be honored with a 2010 Historic Preservation Award by Historic York.

Historic York was particularly pleased to note that during the Capital Self Storage conversion, metal siding was pulled off the 1942 Art Deco building to reveal a brick facade in good condition. (Coca-Cola added the metal siding in the 1970s.) The architects and building contractors, SAArchitects and Henderson Construction, decided to leave the facade in place, resulting in a finished structure that blends a restored modernist style with new buildings that replace an old garage that was demolished in the back.

Snyder just finished remodeling the Coca-Cola Bottling Works this spring. He made the decision to buy the plant two years ago, when it had been standing empty for two years, and spent $2 million on it. The subsequent renovations cost another million. Coca-Cola closed the plant in 2006, when it decided to consolidate its operations by moving some of the bottling operations to Harrisburg and Lancaster, and some to northern Maryland. By then, the plant had been operating continuously for 60 years.

This is not the first time Snyder has bought an empty building and converted it into a self storage facility — he makes a practice of it. Snyder and his wife, Deb, began the process of converting empty buildings to self storage when they bought and converted a farm several years ago. The farm became the first storage facility to be part of Capital Self Storage. Now Capital Self Storage has locations all over south central Pennsylvania.

Sources used:

Gonzalez, Tony. “Former Coca-Cola plant converted to self storage.” Self Storage Industry News. Feb. 8, 2010.

“Historic York announces 2010 Historic Preservation Award recipients.” The York Daily Record. May 20, 2010.

Historic York, Inc.

Kauffman, Christina. “Historic York honors owners who restore architectural beauty.” The York Dispatch.  May 21, 2010.