In the wake of the Great Recession, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, finds itself on the road to recovery.
Harrisburg, the state’s capitol and part of the greater Central Pennsylvania area, is the 10th-largest city in the state and the site of a new round of state government funding.
In early September 2016, the state government announced it would provide a $3.5 million grant to a Harrisburg property group to help restore buildings subjected to poor maintenance. Most of the buildings in question are located in the Midtown neighborhood.
According to The Sentinel, four of the buildings are slated to be turned into commercial and residential properties.
In an interview with The Sentinel, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse commended the property management group for going through with a plan to rebuild and invest in the city.
“Four of the buildings are slated to be turned into commercial and residential properties.”
“It’s all part of rebuilding the city’s tax base and making sure we have a sustainable long-term recovery plan for Harrisburg,” said Papenfuse.
With the help of the state government, Harrisburg continues to undergo a transformation as construction lines the streets.
New Courthouse Set to be Built
For years, officials in Harrisburg have been trying to get a new courthouse built. The city is currently home to what is described as the outdated Ronald Regan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse building.
That is set to change, as Harrisburg congressman Lou Barletta was able to secure authorization for the construction of a new federal courthouse. According to The Patriot News, the project is expected to cost a total of $194.4 million.
In a statement, Barletta explained that a new courthouse has been long overdue, while also touting the benefits of constructing a new building in Harrisburg.
“A new courthouse represents an economic boost for the city of Harrisburg,” said Barletta. “There will be jobs created directly related to the construction of the building, as well as economic development that will continue to grow around the activity centered at the courthouse. This will benefit a lot of people.”
A Changing City
The redevelopment of worn down buildings are not the only projects in the pipeline in Harrisburg and specifically, Midtown. Since 2014, the neighborhood has become an attractive option for new businesses, restaurants and more.
The Broad Street Market has been completely redone. Additionally, the Susquehanna Art Museum opened in early 2015 after moving from an older building. When existing places of interest are factored in, Harrisburg is a city with many amenities to offer, according to U.S. News & World Report, which named the city as the 25th best place to live in America.
Even with a population over 550,000, the city manages to maintain a small-town atmosphere. Harrisburg also made the list because of its below average cost of living and housing prices that are among the most affordable across the country.
With approximately 15 percent of the city’s population between the ages of 25 to 34, the area is young.
A commitment to rebuilding older buildings should provide many more opportunities and amenities for the young residents.
How Mobile Mini helps
As cities and towns continue to invest in rebuilding existing infrastructure, construction crews will need to utilize portable storage units.
These containers, which come in a variety of sizes, are helpful for safely storing equipment, tools and other supplies. Companies can even rent out mobile offices to help project managers and other high level executives maintain a presence on site.
Harrisburg is only one example of how repurposing old buildings and replacing old buildings can help draw in new opportunities and increase standards of living.