An eyesore is an eyesore. It doesn't get better with time.
Well, maybe it does. Look at what Cumberland County developer Dan Deitchman has been able to do in redevelopment projects around Harrisburg in recent years.
From the overhaul of the historic Furlow Building in Midtown — now called COBA Apartments — to his most recent Lux condominium building at Third and State streets in Harrisburg, across from the state Capitol, Deitchman has been one of the bright spots in a capital city littered with blighted properties.
He also has done Riverview Manor on Front Street and tackled student housing projects on Market Street for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. The goal has been to grow the city's tax base and turn negatives into positives.
He likes unique opportunities — the more challenging the better — and owning pieces of history that can be community anchors.
For his next trick, Deitchman is helping to lead the charge in the acquisition of the unfinished Capitol View Commerce Center at Cameron and Herr streets.
He is working with the Harrisburg Police Athletic League, which is looking for a new headquarters.
A federal bankruptcy court hearing on Nov. 19 will determine whether he gets the chance to once again turn a vacant and undesirable property into something Harrisburg can take pride in.
It's been more than five years since contractors walked off developer David Dodd's job site. Here's hoping something takes shape by 2014.
In other news:
A federal foreclosure sale will take place today in Harrisburg.
The U.S. Marshals Service has scheduled an 11 a.m. auction for an office portfolio with properties in Cumberland and Dauphin counties.
The 16 properties owned by Corporate Gateway LP, a Delaware-based company that lists its headquarters in New York, are nearly $68 million in debt and are spread among four business parks in Lower Allen and Upper Allen townships in Cumberland County and Lower Paxton and Susquehanna townships in Dauphin County.
The foreclosure sale will be on the steps of the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.
I'll be there tweeting updates. Follow me @JScottJournal.
Please note: All comments will be reviewed and may take up to 24 hours to appear on the site.View Comment Policy