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Harrisburg-based WCI Partners LP has two new development projects that need approval from Harrisburg City Council.

Both are on the council's agenda tonight.

For starters, WCI is seeking approval of a plan to construct a one-story, brick building with a mezzanine for a proposed restaurant use at 200 State St. That 2,000-square-foot building would be for a single tenant, President Dave Butcher said.

The developer is negotiating with a tenant that would offer casual Italian cuisine. It is being modeled after an upscale eatery in Philadelphia called Zavino, a wine bar pizzeria.

Butcher said it would be more like Harrisburg's Bricco.

Once the unnamed tenant is under agreement, the plan is to build the restaurant next year, Butcher said.

WCI developed the five-story office building on the corner at Second and State streets, which is occupied by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and First National Bank of Pennsylvania. It also owns the other corner building that is home to Little Amps Coffee Roasters.

The developer also is seeking approval of a plan to convert a vacant 7,000-square-foot office building at 128-130 Locust St. into a residential use with 14 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

"We're taking an existing office that was residential and converting it back to residential," he said.

Purchase of the property is contingent on city approval, Butcher said.

Also on tonight's agenda is a revamped land development plan for the Susquehanna Art Museum project on North Third Street. SAM acquired two adjacent parcels and is consolidating them with the seven parcels it already owned so they all become one parcel, said Andrew Giorgione, a board member.

The land will be used for an outdoor garden, entertainment, sculpture space or other uses, he said.

"We are not sure of the exact use and design yet and hope to leave that open for a donor to fund and establish a dedicated use that will support the museum," he said.

In addition, there is a resolution approving a land development plan for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to expand its existing property at 211 N. Front St. onto two adjacent lots, consolidate the parcels into one, renovate the interior to the historic Hickok mansion and demolish the mid-century addition at the rear of the mansion.

The latter is 201 N. Front St.

PHFA is then looking to build an eight-story addition connecting the existing PHFA building to the Hickok building.

Click here to download a PDF file of the Harrisburg City Council agenda.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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