There are a lot of construction projects going on in Harrisburg at the moment, from older properties being converted into apartments to larger residential projects to a seven-story mixed-use building that will include a 500-space parking garage.
“It really is an amazing amount of development that’s going on here in the city of Harrisburg — unprecedented,” Brad Jones, CEO of Harristown Enterprises said on Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s weekly program last month. “I’ve been doing this for about 20 years now (with) Harristown and I haven’t seen this much development in my entire career here.”
Papenfuse talked last month with several developers — Jonathan Bowser, managing partner at Integrated Development Partners Inc; Erica Bryce, partner at Midtown Redevelopment LLP; Derek Dilks, director of real estate development at Mowery Construction; Bradley Jones, president and CEO at Harristown Enterprises Inc and Ryan Sanders, principal at RB Development LLC — about various projects on his weekly program on Facebook and WHBG-TV Channel 20. All together, more than 20 ongoing projects were highlighted on the program with a combined estimated price tag of more than $600M.
Here are 28 projects that are planned for the city. The estimated costs of the projects were provided by city officials.
28. Swallow Mansion – $365K estimated cost
1000 N. Sixth St.
Vice Capital LLC is developing the 3,376-square-foot property into four one-bedroom apartments. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.
27. Jackson House Hotel – $460K
1006 N. Sixth St.
The 2,200-square foot property is being renovated into 5 two-bedroom apartments and first floor retail. The developer is Mallard Investments LLC and Harrisburg Commercial Interiors. The project is expected to be completed in early 2022.
26. Apartments on Fourth St. – $615K
234 N. Fourth St.
This property will be mixed-use live/work where residences will have a dual purpose option. The 4,660-square-foot vacant property is being converted into three apartments. The project is expected to be completed this fall. Dilks is the developer.
25. “Carpets and Draperies” building – $700K
1507 N. Third St.
The 6,270-square-foot building is being converted into five, two-bedroom apartments with commercial space on the first floor. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2022. The developer is Nathaniel Foote.
24. Kent Alley Apartments – $1M
Fifth and Kelker Streets
The 10,200-square-foot building will include eight one-and two-bedroom apartments. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022. The developer is Tarik Steele, TLC Construction.
23. First Harrisburg UMC to be redeveloped into apartments – $1.1M
260 Boas St.
The 150-year-old church is being converted into eight apartments, as well commercial space on the first floor. The 7,658-square-foot brick church sits on one tenth of an acre. The one bedroom apartments will range from 475 to 1,125 square feet and will include office space and half-baths in some of the units. The sanctuary space will be converted into four apartments. The other four apartments will be on the first floor and the amenities will be in the basement. The building will have a community room, gym/fitness area, and storage in the basement.
Parking for residents will be at a nearby property at 909 Green St., which is also owned by the developer, Derek Dilks. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The church was rebuilt in 1881 and was previously built on the site in the early to mid 1800s, according to Dilks.
22. Apartments on State Street – $1,730,000
122-124 and 130 State St., Harrisburg
Dilks plans to turn an office building at 130 State St. into five apartments, which will include a live-work unit on the first floor. The one-bedroom units will range from 373 to 803 square feet. The 3,060-square-foot brick building was constructed around the mid- to late-19th Century, according to Harrisburg officials. There will be six parking spaces reserved for this property on an adjacent property, also owned by Dilks.
In recent years the property was occupied by multiple law firms and a public relations agency. At 122-124 State St., that property is being converted into three apartments. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. All the properties were vacant at the time of acquisition, according to Dilks.
21. Zeroday Brewing Co. Restaurant & Taproom – $2 million
925 N. Third St.
The 4,000-square-foot restaurant, taproom and outdoor courtyard and 9,000 square feet of residential space will include 17 apartments. The project is expected to be completed in the spring. The developer is WCI Partners.
20. The Lofts – $2.5M
1122 Green St.
Integrated Development Partners plans to convert the former Salvation Army property into “for-sale” condominium units. “The Lofts” will consists of approximately 16 units — a mix of one bedroom, two bedroom and efficiency condominiums ranging from 700 to 1,300 square feet in space. Three or four condominiums will be a two-story loft in the gymnasium area. Bowser said there is a shortage of condominiums in the Harrisburg area. Integrated Development Partners plans to keep the parking lot across the street, which would include designated, private parking spaces. And a 1,500-square-foot brick building on the lot across the street would probably be converted to a fitness center or be used for storage for the residents.
The company plans to complete the project in early 2022. The Salvation Army previously moved its operations to a brand new facility on 29th Street in Harrisburg.
19. Capitol Heights – $2,630,000
Third, Hamilton, Logan and Clinton Street
Midtown Redevelopment plans to build eight single-family townhomes with two-car garages, an 18,000-square-foot mixed-use building that will include a community center on the first floor and 12 apartments on the floors above the center. This project is the first phase of the larger project that will include 106 parcels in the Capitol Heights Neighborhood. This first phase includes 20 of those parcels.
The four-story community center and the apartments will be located on the 1600 block of Third Street. The eight townhomes will be located on Logan Street. The townhomes will have four bedrooms, three-and-half bathrooms, two-car garages and decks off the kitchen.
The developer is hoping to break ground in May or June with the townhomes before starting work on the four-story building. The 4,500 square foot community center will be run by a nonprofit.
“Midtown has long been near and dear to my heart personally,” Bryce, who is a business owner and longtime resident in Harrisburg.
18. Front Street apartments – $3.9M
25, 321 N. Front St.
The rowhomes are being renovated into apartments at both locations. The 7,357-square-foot property at 25 N. Front St. is being converted into eight apartments. The 8,100-square-foot property at 321 N. Front St. will be converted into six apartments.
17. First National Bank addition – $4.5M
Second and Walnut Sts.
The demolition and reconstruction of additional First National Bank office space. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
16. Olde Uptown Redevelopment – $4.5M
Fourth, Marion and Calder Street
Seven Bridges Development is redeveloping the property at Fourth and Calder streets into nine apartments and the building at Calder and Marions Streets into 12 apartments. The project is expected to be completed by early next year.
15. The Coronet – $4.8 million
21 S. Second St.
Harristown Enterprises, the owner of Strawberry Square, plans to construct a mixed-use building at 21 S. Second St. in Harrisburg on the site of a longtime three story building that was once home to the former Coronet restaurant. That building was demolished in late 2018 and early 2019.
The new six-story building will be located between the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey hotel and the Menaker building and will include retail and office space on the first two floors, and eight residential apartments on the four floors above.
“It’s going to be a great new addition to that block,” Jones said.
The first floor will include 2,241 square feet of retail space as well as a lobby. The second floor will include 2,587 square feet of office space.
The four one-bedroom apartments will range from 480 to 798 square feet of space. Two of the two-bedroom apartments will be 804 and 948 square feet of space. The other two, two-bedroom apartments will be on both the fifth and sixth floors and will have 1,431 square feet of space and 1,419 square feet of space. Some of the apartments will have balconies.
The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Harristown purchased the property in 2017.
“Unfortunately, we did have to tear the Coronet down because it was in such bad shape but we’re really excited to fill that fabric in with a new building — a mix of office, retail and residential,” Jones said.
14. 28/38 Cameron Street – $5M
28 and 38 N. Cameron St.
The 7,000-square-foot building at 28 N. Cameron St. is being renovated. The 19,200-square-foot building is being renovated into five one- and two-bedroom apartments. The developers are Matt Long, HBG Commercial Interiors and Cameron Street LP. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
13. Cornish Heights Affordable Housing (estimated building cost unknown) – $6M
1175 Bailey St.
The building will have 30 units consisting of 15 affordable units, including five accessible units, and 15 market-rate apartments. The property has been blighted for a number of years, Sanders said. The property is dedicated to Vera Cornish.
12. Harristown Enterprises – $7M
112 Market St.
Harristown Enterprises, the owner of Strawberry Square, plans to redevelop this 50,750-square-foot building.
“One (hundred and) twelve Market is a very historic and unique building,” Jones said.
The first floor will remain a banking branch for BB&T, which will later be renamed Truist. The second floor will be occupied by offices. The six upper floors (3 through 8) will be transformed into about 30 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
“Just some gorgeous views from the entire riverfront when you get up to floor five and above,” Jones said. “We’re really looking forward to creating some real riverfront apartment views.”
The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. The building was built around 1915 and is known as the Veterans’ building. Dauphin County has owned the property for years and Harristown was expected to complete the purchase last month. Harristown is waiting for a number of leases at the building to expire and Harristown will move some of the tenants to other parts of the downtown.
“It’s going to be a great project and we’re looking forward to it,” Jones said.
11. Menaker Apartments – $7M
17 S. Second St.
The 33,800-square-foot building will be redeveloped into 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The first floor will have a restaurant shell. Mowery Construction will be the contractor for the project. Construction is expected to begin in April and completion of the project is expected by the spring of 2022. The apartments will be located on floors two through six.
The developer is Harristown Enterprises. Harristown owned the building in the 1980s and renovated it as an office structure and then it was sold a few times over the years before the organization purchased it again in 2018. Jones said the style of the apartments will be similar to the units at The Fox on Washington on Second Street, which Harristown also developed.
“It is just a historic, gorgeous structure,” Jones said.
10. Hudson Building – $8M
Sixth & Maclay streets
For 45 years, from 1932-1977, the building served as the headquarters for for the Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund, an organization that provides job income protection for U.S. and Canadian railroaders. It is also known as the Hudson Building. It was later home to a number of tenants including churches, a daycare and a beauty school.
Owner Adam Maust hopes to center the 40,000-square-foot building around a grocery store. He also hopes to bring in a brewery, restaurant and a coffee shop to the facility as well but he is looking at a bunch of different options. And he also plans to have office space as well and relocate his marketing agency to the building. The two-story building has a full story underneath it and comes with about 70 parking spots
9. Bethel Village – $13.7M
Sixth and Herr streets
The building will include 49 low income/affordable housing units for people age 62 and older. The project is expected to be completed next fall. Potentially there will be room for three commercial spaces, Sanders, a longtime resident of Harrisburg said. The development partners are the Harrisburg Housing Authority, Paladin Development, RB Development, Gardner Capital and Bethel AME Church. It is the third phase of the Jackson Square project, located in the 1,000 block of Sixth Street. This is in the area where the Jackson Hotel recently collapsed.
8. 6th Street Lofts – $14.6M
6th & Verbeke streets
The Harrisburg Housing Authority plans to build a new affordable housing apartment building in Harrisburg near the Jackson and Lick apartment buildings in Harrisburg. The 48 apartment units will be built on a former parking lot.
The new five-story building will be a general occupancy housing facility and an underground parking garage. The building will have 77,114 square feet of space and will be built on a lot owned by the Harrisburg Housing authority along North Sixth Street, in front of the Lick Tower.
The 4.7-acre site currently includes the two buildings that are approximately 132,000-square-foot brick masonry structures, both constructed in 1960. The Jackson Tower has 159 units and the Lick Tower has 144 units. The two buildings are named for C. Sylvester Jackson and Alton W. Lick. The Jackson Tower was renovated in recent years.
7. Midtown Flats – $25M
320 Reily Street
The 135,000-square-foot, 135 to 150 unit apartment building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023. The four-story building will have first floor retail. The building is being developed by Washington Place Equities/Greenworks Development.
6. Former D&H Distributing building – $25 to $30M
2500 Block of North Seventh Street
D&H operated out of the North Seventh Street building from 1952 until 2019 before moving its headquarters to Lower Paxton Township. The building at 2525 N. Seventh St. is being replaced with a 130,000-square-foot, three-story building that will be leased to the state to house the Pennsylvania Departments of General Services, Human Services and Office of Administration. Those offices are currently located in multiple locations. About 850 employees will work there. There will be more than 1,000 parking spaces. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
5 . Reily House – $40M
430 Reily St.
A new seven-story building is planned for Reily Street in Harrisburg on a 1.01 acre site near the future Federal Courthouse. KevGar Holdco, which is owned by Kevin Baird and Gary Nalbandian, and 400 Reily Street Management plan to develop the building that will include commercial space for a 23,000-square-foot grocery store; an 8,000-square-foot restaurant and coffee shop; a 1,500-square-foot office; 85 apartments; and an approximately 500-space parking garage. The grocery store would have an outdoor seating area and bike racks will be installed. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
4. The Forum Building and State Library renovations – $60M
Commonwealth and Walnut streets
Renovations include upgrades to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, IT and life safety services. The upper floors will be gutted and renovated into modern office space. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The Forum theater was renovated several years ago and the building will be entirely gutted except for the theater, according to Jones of Harristown Enterprises, the owner of Strawberry Square. The building, which Jones said will be reoccupied by the state, has been vacant for about a decade.
3. Pennsylvania State Archives & Records Center -$68M
1681 N. Sixth St.
The new 150,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed next year.
2. Harrisburg University Health Science Education Center – $100M
Third and Chestnut Streets
The new academic tower is expected to accommodate at least 1,000 new students in nursing, pharmaceutical sciences and other allied health programs.
The facility will include approximately, 165,000 square feet of finished educational space and 40,000 square feet of unfinished shell space. The building will have student service offices and spaces, advanced manufacturing educational and experiential spaces, health sciences educational and experiential spaces, interactive media educational and production spaces as well as general purpose education offices and facilities.
The health sciences portion of the building will include approximately 85,000 square feet of space. There will be four simulation laboratories, eight science laboratories, four skills laboratories, three computational laboratories, six specialty classrooms and three multi-purpose classrooms focused on health sciences. The school said that simulation laboratories will allow students to practice in surgery, pediatric, emergency care, cardiac care and general hospital settings. This portion of the building will also include specific nursing and pharmacy skill areas as well as chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology and pharmaceutical science laboratories.
The advanced manufacturing portion of the building will include approximately 45,000 square feet of space. There will be six laboratories, two computational labs and three multipurpose classrooms focused on manufacturing. The manufacturing area will include a variety of machines and robots including water jet cutting machines, laser cutting and welding machines, three-axis milling machines, five-axis milling machines, CNC (computer numerical control) machines, compliance robots, 3D printers, testing and measurement equipment and several 3D modelling and simulation software platforms.
Finally, the facility will include 35,000 square feet of space, which will be shared by multiple university programs and will include a 150-person multi-tiered amphitheater, interactive media laboratories and student tutoring spaces.
The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
1. U.S. Federal Courthouse – $193M
Sixth & Reily streets
The 243,000-square-foot, ten-story, $190 million courthouse will be ready for use in early 2022, replacing the Ronald Reagan Federal Building constructed in 1966 in downtown Harrisburg on Walnut Street. Federal officials contend the current building is inadequate for modern court operations and falls short of security requirements. The new courthouse will have eight courtrooms.
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