She calls it the "big, black box."

But when Jane Conover looks at the sable Susquehanna Bank building on East Philadelphia Street, she sees a façade that could tell the story of Continental Square.

Conover, the vice president of community investment for the York County Community Foundation, on Wednesday shared updated plans for the historic square -- one of which involves covering the bank building in an artistic film that is similar to a window cling.

"We could bring the building to life with that film, telling the story of the square," she said.

In a proposed conceptual design, the building is covered in the film and depicts images of local history and Americana.

The Continental Congress is pictured next to the Articles of Confederation, which were written and adopted in York, and American flags

and other patriotic images are included in the rendering.

City organizations and architects would also like to have light shows performed on the building, Conover said.

"We want Continental Square to be a focal point in town," she said.

Cluttered: To achieve that, architect Frank Dittenhafer has outlined three primary goals: simplify and unify the square, highlight the historic architecture, and make the square a destination.

"The square has become cluttered with signage and lighting. We want it to be open," Conover said.

Plans call for moving seven historic landmarks and traffic lights to the edges of the square, and creating a brick patio with outdoor tables and umbrellas.

"We want to make it more pedestrian-friendly," she said.

Designs also call for removing large trees and replacing them with smaller, shorter trees and lighting up buildings along the square.

"We need to see the architecture there. It will be a magnet for people," Conover said.

Water attraction: Another magnet will be water features, she said. Plans include interactive water jets and a water wall on the southwest corner of the square near the World War II memorial.

The foundation and its Beautiful York Committee are now working to figure out how they can transform the concept into reality.

"We might start small at first, beginning with lighting up the buildings. We want to build on the good work that's been done," Conover said.

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