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Harrisburg receives grant for urban meadow extension, considers development projects

The current “urban meadow” will extend up this stretch of road on Boyd Street.

Harrisburg is one step closer towards a construction project designed to make the city more pedestrian friendly.

At a City Council work session on Tuesday, City Engineer Wayne Martin announced a grant that Harrisburg will receive to extend the Boyd Street “Urban Meadow” to the new federal courthouse area.

The city was awarded the $700,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program to support Harrisburg’s “Courthouse Connection Multimodal Project.”

Currently, a walkway for pedestrian and bicyclist use runs along Boyd Street, from N. 3rd to Fulton streets. Under the Courthouse Connection project, pavers would extend the path from Fulton to N. 6th streets, near where the federal courthouse is being built.

The city would also add about 50 angled parking spaces on Reily Street between Logan and Fulton streets.

The walkway would be exclusively for pedestrian and bicycle traffic and include lighting and landscaping.

Council also discussed a proposed development project that would transform the former location of the Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City region into 16 apartments. “The Lofts” building would contain one-bedroom and two-bedroom market-rate units. Wormleysburg-based Integrated Development Partners is seeking approval for the project, which has already received zoning board approval.

Additionally, council considered a development project to construct six town homes on Allison Hill at Hummel and Kittatinny streets. Tri-County HDC plans to demolish a building currently on the property and construct affordable housing.

The project received a $500,000 state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant.

“We are anxious and excited to get this project started in a very challenged neighborhood,” said Gary Lenker of Tri-County

The project is part of the South Allison Hill Safety Plan, a partnership between several nonprofit organizations that aim to make the neighborhood safer.

Lenker said the team hopes to break ground on the project late this summer.

Also up for a vote next week is a proposal to transition Monroe Street, between Verbeke and Herr streets, from a two-way street to one-way. According to Martin, this has been a request of the Harrisburg School District for years, which hopes to improve the flow of traffic.

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