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York man’s jump into entrepreneurship connects him with his community

York man’s jump into entrepreneurship connects him with his community

  • Anthony Moore was an engineer who bounced throughout the country and sometimes the world. He was always on the move until he found York.
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As a successful engineer, Anthony Moore spent 14 years helping manufacturing operations shore up their processes, living in places from New York and Ohio to the Carolinas and even England.

During a stint in Canada, Anthony was itching for the next stop and saw a chance to move to a place he’d never heard of: York, Pennsylvania.

He came here five years ago to be the Vice President of Operations at Graham Architectural Products, but when that relationship ended in 2019, Anthony paused. He wasn’t ready to leave.

“I feel privileged to be where I am, and I wanted to know how I could help people elevate,” he says. “When I got a pulse on the community and what I could do here, I needed to stay. I never felt that anywhere else.”

Staying busy

Today, Anthony runs The Eden Mandate LLC, which purchases “less-than-desirable” properties, restores them into livable homes, and flips them. He’s also the owner of The FAB Group Logistics LLC, a trucking company he runs out of York.

Along with business partner and community activist Fred Walker, Anthony also co-owns Four Squares Development LLC, a real estate company focused on revitalizing city blocks for the people who live there.

While all of these ventures are helping Anthony be successful, they’re also his way of making a positive mark on York.

Improving neighborhoods

Anthony believes homeownership is one of the answers to stopping crime.

“I liked the idea that when we talk about urban revitalization, we could look at improving a neighborhood without pushing out the people who live there,” he says. “When people own the homes on those blocks, they look out for each other.”

With research and ongoing partnerships with the City of York and York College of Pennsylvania, Anthony was able to get demographic data on specific neighborhoods to narrow which had the most need and to better determine—if work is done in those neighborhoods—how progress can be tracked.

With Fred and Four Squares Development, they acquired three vacant homes from the City of York’s Redevelopment Authority Board (554, 556, 558 Salem Ave.) in addition to 552 Salem Ave., which they purchased from the previous owner.

They’ll transform the two-bedroom, one bath properties into three bedroom, one and a half bath with expected completion in June.

When he walks through those homes today, he doesn’t see the boarded windows and bowed brick walls. Rather, he sees the family that will gather around the table. He sees the pride in the faces of the people who will someday call this place their own.

“I can be successful and make sure that my success ensures others rise with me,” he says. “That’s what I saw for myself in York. That’s what I’d like to see through.”