Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown Harrisburg

September 07, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Rob Teplitz today announced $3.5 million in funding to support the completion of a crucial redevelopment of the Third Street commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg. The 40,000 square foot mixed commercial and residential redevelopment includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings that have been boarded up for nearly a decade and an expansion of Harrisburg’s first co-working space.

“The funding from the Commonwealth will help this project be completed and will assist small businesses who use the space in getting their properties to market,” Governor Wolf said. “But most importantly, this project is about new opportunities for the businesses that grow here, and continued hope for a neighborhood, and city, on the upswing.”

“This project represents an opportunity to make the city a better place to live and work and will positively contribute to our local economy,” said Senator Teplitz. “I’m pleased that that state has recognized this effort to improve the quality of life in Midtown.”

The redevelopment project, led by WCI Partners, includes four properties on Third Street between Boas Street and Union Street, including the former Moose Lodge also previously used as the Ronald Brown Charter School at 922 N. 3rd Street. The buildings will be renovated to contain a mix of commercial and residential space and will dramatically enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The total investment in the project is $8 million.

The ground floor of the project will provide Harrisburg’s first co-working space, St@rtup, with an expanded operation for their tenants, which include early entrepreneurs, as well as established businesses looking for affordable single office space.

“Our expansion into this redevelopment will allow for more entrepreneurs to start businesses and more existing businesses to grow in Harrisburg,” Adam Porter, co-founder of St@rtup Harrisburg and Director of Operations for Midtown Cinema, said. “This project is a not just an opportunity for start-ups and new businesses but it will provide a new face for the entrance to Midtown that will highlight continued progress for the city and neighborhood.”

In addition to being an important anchor site to the major commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg, the project developers estimate the redevelopment will provide 40 permanent jobs, 50 construction jobs and annual combined business spending of $4 million.

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