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Another downtown apartment project received the official go-ahead tonight, as Harrisburg City Council agreed to a residential conversion on Pine Street.

Council voted 5-1 to allow Harristown Enterprises to proceed with converting the circa-1952 office building at 124 Pine St. to a 25-unit apartment building with commercial space on the first floor.

https://theburgnews.com/news/apartme...other-projects

More downtown residential conversions. A lot of office space is getting turned into apartments, (more than 400 over the last 3-4 years) They have now moved away from converting emptying buildings to sniping low performing occupied buildings. If we lose enough office space, maybe we'll get a shinny new tower.

Williams continues her anti development rant. Feels like she is positioning herself for 2019.
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Old Posted Apr 11, 2018, 2:11 PM
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Not sure what I think of these things... Feels gimmicky, but if it brings money to the city, who am I do argue.

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City council Tuesday night approved a resolution entering an agreement with Smart Media LLC for installing up to 25 CityPosts kiosks in prime locations around Harrisburg.

Mike Mainthow, the company's chief market officer, said these kiosks will play Harrisburg-related photos and videos on a loop, informing passersby of local events, restaurants, city information and more. Users can tap the screens for a wider menu of options and information.

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will they be touchscreen?
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Was in Harrisburg again recently, definitely noticing some changes in the city and around the metro. Still has so much potential and just needs a big spark. And as the COL continues to increase in the bigger cities they could really capitalize on this even more so if they play their cards right.
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Hoping that they publish the proposals for the Harrisburg University Tower today...
Still nothing...
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Old Posted Apr 14, 2018, 4:34 PM
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With the last of the funding in place, it looks like the new Salvation Army campus will break ground soon. This Streetview from 2014 shows one of the former buildings, which housed a grocery store, and which is now demolished.

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Salvation Army in Harrisburg gets $5 million to start building new center on vacant block
Christine Vendel | PennLive
April 13, 2018

Three years after the Salvation Army announced plans to transform a vacant block in Harrisburg into a new service center, the project has finally secured the cash to move forward with construction. The Community First Fund announced Friday that it was giving a $5 million allocation of federal tax credits to the Salvation Army to build the 38,700 square-foot facility at 506 South 29th Street. The $5 million from the New Markets Tax Credit program represented the final piece of the financial puzzle that the Salvation Army needed before it could begin construction...



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Still nothing...
They need to hurry it up! Don't they know us building geeks are waiting... We were promised!
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With the last of the funding in place, it looks like the new Salvation Army campus will break ground soon. This Streetview from 2014 shows one of the former buildings, which housed a grocery store, and which is now demolished.

PennLive | Courtesy Murray Associates
Too bad that it has such a suburban design. Many of those served by the facility will need to use either bus or shoe foot express. Not that the design isn't in line with other buildings in the general area.
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Was in Harrisburg again recently, definitely noticing some changes in the city and around the metro. Still has so much potential and just needs a big spark. And as the COL continues to increase in the bigger cities they could really capitalize on this even more so if they play their cards right.
We've reached a point that growth is organic rather than using public money which is a huge deal. Much of the residential growth in the city has been hidden as it is buried downtown in rehabbed buildings that had been vacant.

I'll try to be more vigilant in getting the announcements of projects here.
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Was in Harrisburg again recently, definitely noticing some changes in the city and around the metro. Still has so much potential and just needs a big spark. And as the COL continues to increase in the bigger cities they could really capitalize on this even more so if they play their cards right.
We've reached a point that growth is organic rather than using public money which is a huge deal. Much of the residential growth in the city has been hidden as it is buried downtown in rehabbed buildings that had been vacant.

I'll try to be more vigilant in getting the announcements of projects here.
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2018, 1:23 PM
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Article on PennLive about HU and the new tower. Still no news on the final design.

http://harrisburguniversity.pennlive.com
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Yeah, I was a little disappointed that no new renderings were released. Although, it should not be surprising since the university is still deliberating between two proposals, which it seems the winner will be selected in the coming weeks based off of Eric Darr's stated timeline.

I am still trying to temper my excitement for this project. There is a chance this gets scaled down, if financing for the hotel/condos and or apartments section of the tower does not materialize. Regardless, the classroom/laboratory and dorm section will get built and the result will still be an impactful structure on the skyline and more importantly an economic shot in the arm for downtown Harrisburg and the region.

But the idea of a 36 story 468 foot tower in Harrisburg is tough not to get excited about.
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It feels too good not to get Scaled down... But even if the dorms and classroom space is all that is built it will be a significant building that is covering up several ugly parking lots.. the building should help tie the rest of the block in two places like the PA Place which feel isolated today.

In all honesty,architecturaly a scaled-down building would match the fabric of the rest of the neighborhood better...

but... I believe it would be good for the housing situation downtown to add residential space to the neighborhood. Prices for apartments are climbing much faster than I'd like to see. In nicer buildings rent has been going up almost 10% a year for the last several years. New housing coming on the market has been coming in at the top of the price range.
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PennLive generated a 3D massing model of downtown Harrisburg, which depicts the anticipated massing of the new Harrisburg University tower. While we wait for the final selection and some renderings, this at least gives some eye candy to the potential impact that this could possible have on the skyline. The third image implies some form and finishes - not sure if that's just a complete guess by the creator of the image, or if they have some inside information. More detail about PennLive's modeling process (with imagery) can be found at the article link below -

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April 24, 2018

When Harrisburg University announced it was going to build a new academic tower -- and what could be the tallest building in Harrisburg, the news got our attention. After all, it's been almost 40 years since the 333 Market Street was built (currently the tallest building in Harrisburg).

The project would also mark a dramatic turnaround, not just in the fortunes for the university itself, but also for the city. So with those two ideas -- the changing of the city's skyline and the evolution of the university and the city -- we wanted to write an in depth feature on the project and what it could mean for the city and region...





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Old Posted Apr 28, 2018, 2:10 PM
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The article is behind a paywall, but this sounds interesting -

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Penn State mulls $50M facility for Harrisburg campus
Shelby White | Central Penn Business Journal
April 27, 2018

Penn State Harrisburg may be getting a new $50 million academic building...
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Progress on the PHFA expansion.



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Talking to people around the city, often they don't realize how much development is going on downtown, because so much of it is converting obsolete office buildings.

This is another example. Over the last ~50years of its life it has slowly gone from 3 floors of residential into all 14 of the floors being used for apartments. It also contains its own 240 space parking garage on site.

Locally this building is know as "The Executive House" Item 10 on the agenda. I would have probably missed this as well if not for attending the planning meeting in protest of another agenda item.

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I was speaking with a friend that works in city hall. Apparently there is a developer that is exploring constructing a Class A office building on the site of the old 210 project. From what I understand it would not include parking as the prior project proposed.

Discussions hinge on an agreement between Park Harrisburg, Dauphin County, and HBG city. Feasibility of the project hinges on affordable parking for prospective tenants. Park Harrisburg is resistant to lower their rates for bulk long term parking leases. Currently their garages are over 30% vacant on a daily basis.

It looks like all the consumption of class B and C space into residential conversions might finally be paying off. I am told that class A space in downtown is at 4%

Here's to hoping that the project can get a formal proposal.
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With the last of the funding in place, it looks like the new Salvation Army campus will break ground soon. This Streetview from 2014 shows one of the former buildings, which housed a grocery store, and which is now demolished.






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Is the new building in the middle of a field?
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Is the new building in the middle of a field?
Nah. Those renderings just don't give a very good / accurate site context. Though there is an adjacent ball field. It's surrounded by single and multi-family residential.
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