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State announces grants for development projects, including for Hamilton Health, the Atlas

The Atlas was one of numerous Harrisburg area projects to receive RACP grants.

Hamilton Health Center, the Atlas Building and Susquehanna Union Green were among the big winners locally, as the state today announced the recipients of major development grants.

Under the 2021 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), Hamilton Health will receive $2.5 million to build a new primary care facility as part of the mixed-use Steel Works development on Front Street in Steelton, a project of Wormleysburg-based Integrated Development Partners.

The amount fully funds the $2.5 million application request.

Harrisburg-based Hamilton Health plans a 20,000-square-foot satellite location as the final component of the Steel Works project, which includes residential, commercial and retail components.

“We are extremely pleased,” said Jeanine Peterson, Hamilton’s CEO, when reached by telephone. “The funding will allow us to do this project.”

Peterson added that the funding is testament both to the need for its services in the Steelton/Highspire/Middletown area, as well as to Hamilton’s 50-year track record caring for the underserved in central PA.

The facility will become Hamilton’s seventh satellite location, Peterson said.

The Atlas Building in Uptown Harrisburg also will receive $2.5 million, as it continues renovating the century-old, long-empty, 50,000-square-foot building at N. 6th and Maclay streets in Harrisburg. The grant will pay for both interior and exterior work for the commercial project, including a new sprinkler system, green space and parking, according to the application.

“I’m excited to move forward on the Atlas Building project,” said Adam Maust, principal of building owner, Mighty Group Holdings, in a texted statement.

The company received half of the $5 million requested in its RACP application.

The Vartan Group’s Susquehanna Union Green town center project also will receive $2.5 million, half of the requested $5 million. The money will help fund continued infrastructure and construction work on the commercial/residential project in Susquehanna Township, including stormwater, green space, sidewalk and roadwork components, according to its application.

Other RACP recipients in the greater Harrisburg area include:

  • Allenberry Resort & Lodging for various improvement projects ($2.5 million)
  • Carlisle Regional Arts Performing Center for renovations ($1.26 million)
  • Sadler Health Center Trindle Road Mechanicsburg for building renovations ($2 million)
  • Penn State College of Medicine Comparative Medicine Research Facility in Hershey II for construction and renovation ($3 million)
  • PSU-HBG Bio-Behavioral Research and Education Clinic in Middletown II for renovations ($419,032)
  • Swatara Township Municipal Complex Facility for a new public safety building ($600,000)
  • West Hanover Township Municipal Complex for construction of a new, 15,000-square-foot building ($1 million)

Generally, companies and organizations in the city of Harrisburg did not fare well in this year’s RACP round. Eight other projects based in the city applied for RACP funds, but received no money. These include:

  • The Bridge for re-development of the former Bishop McDevitt High School building ($4 million requested)
  • Dauphin County Library System for renovation of the Haldeman Haly House and expansion of the McCormick Riverfront Library downtown ($1 million requested)
  • Harrisburg Events Center for continued renovation of the historic King Mansion ($2 million requested)
  • Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral for renovations and theater preservation ($1.02 million requested)
  • Harrisburg city for renovations to the City Government Center ($8 million requested)
  • 400 Reily Street Management for a new apartment building and parking garage at 400 Reily St. ($5 million requested)
  • Market Street Quad LLC for a new pocket park on Market Street in downtown Harrisburg ($1.5 million requested)
  • Presbyterian Senior Living for renovations to their downtown Harrisburg apartment building ($2.5 million requested)

The commonwealth’s RACP program is intended for regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects, according to the PA Office of Budget.

For more information about the state RACP program, including 2021 applicants and awards, visit the RACP website.

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