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Capitol View Commerce Center case back in court today

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The Capitol View Commerce Center sits at Cameron and Herr streets in Harrisburg.
The Capitol View Commerce Center sits at Cameron and Herr streets in Harrisburg. - (Photo / )

Attorneys in the federal case involving the developer behind the Capitol View Commerce Center, an unfinished eyesore on Cameron Street in Harrisburg, will be back in court today to discuss restitution.

Judge Sylvia Rambo will hear arguments at 1 p.m. in Courtroom No. 3 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

West Shore developer David Dodd II pleaded guilty in November 2011 to federal fraud charges in connection with the unfinished $28 million project. A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

Capitol View was planned as a 215,000-square-foot printing, office and retail facility at Cameron and Herr streets. It was supposed to transform the struggling redevelopment corridor.

But contractors walked off the site mid-build in spring 2008, claiming they had not been paid. The property has sat idle since. It is on the proposed list of Keystone Opportunity Zone sites in the city.

Dodd was promised more than $17 million in local, state and federal money to build the facility. He spent more than $8 million in public money before the project soured, according to financial records.

"I do not know if the judge will make a ruling," said Heidi Havens, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors are seeking $21.5 million in restitution, Havens said.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jasons@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal. Circle Jason Scott on .

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