Kim announces $1 million state grant for downtown Harrisburg redevelopment

HARRISBURG, Aug. 10 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today announced a $1 million state grant has been awarded to Second Street Associates, LLC for development of the Blackberry Office Center from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

 

“Congratulations to Second Street Associates, LLC for winning this highly competitive grant to help rehabilitate and improve this underutilized land in downtown Harrisburg,” Kim said. “I also want to thank Governor Tom Wolf for investing in our city through this grant. This project will preserve a historic part of the city while creating new opportunities for businesses to succeed.”

Second Street Associates, LLC plans to redevelop two contiguous parcels along South 2nd Street. One building is a historic, underutilized six-story office building at 17 S. 2nd St. and the other is a vacant lot at 21 S. 2nd St. Demolition of the former building on this site occurred in 2017. The RACP project proposed will rehabilitate the existing building and construct the new six-story tower on vacant land to connect both new and old buildings for one contiguous office tower. This contiguous office tower will provide a showcase location for a new corporate office headquarters located adjacent to Market Square in downtown Harrisburg. The street-level portion of the building is intended to be occupied by retail tenants.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity.