As a historic Camp Curtin building is restored, the developer behind it is bringing a group of neighbors together to help decide its future.
The owner of the Atlas building on N. 6th and Maclay streets has announced a partnership with the newly formed Harrisburg Atlas Building Collective (HABC), a group of local businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders.
“Working with local leaders and businesses has always been a priority,” said building owner Adam Maust. “The vision we are working together on will create a lasting and significant footprint that will impact all of Harrisburg for decades to come.”
The local group will work with Maust to fill 40,000 square feet of space on the lower level and first floor of the renovated Atlas building with retail, food vendors and market space, among other vendors. Maust envisions the space looking like Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, possibly being open seven days a week.
HABC will go door-to-door this summer, speaking with Camp Curtin residents and holding events to hear from the community on what businesses they want to see in the Atlas.
“This is an unprecedented partnership and we’re looking forward to facilitating the much-needed access to goods and services of local residents as well as business owners,” said Tami Dykes, Camp Curtin Neighborhoods United vice president and one of the leaders of HABC.
Maust purchased the 60,000-square-foot Atlas building, formerly known as the Hudson building, in 2020. Since then, his team has been renovating and restoring the building with plans to possibly incorporate retail, grocery and food vendors, as well as office space and apartment units.
“I am trying to do this the right way and bring the community’s voice into this,” Maust said.
HABC will work to bring local business owners into the Atlas and provide services that the Camp Curtin neighborhood values.
“This is an opportunity to change the dynamic of development to be focused on the community and provide new ways to ownership,” said Basir Vincent, co-founder of the Young Professionals of Color-Greater Harrisburg. “The goal will be for the local community to have a major stake in a cornerstone being rebuilt in our community.”
For more information on the Atlas Building, visit their website.
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