Trailblazing efforts to create workforce housing are poised to transform downtown Lancaster. The non-profit Northern Forest Center and local business Pak Solutions are in the process of creating nearly 20 new apartments along the Main Street commercial center. The reason why is simple: There’s not enough housing for local employers to attract and retain staff. The $3.2 million project will provide six two-bedroom apartments, with two reserved for Weeks Hospital. They will be high-quality rentals aimed at professionals and young families who do not fit into the low- or high-income housing markets. Meanwhile Pak Solutions has purchased three downtown buildings (55, 95-99, and 96-98 Main St.) which they plan to grow from eight to 18 apartments.