State awards $3M grant for redevelopment in Harrisburg's South Allison Hill
A $3 million state grant has been awarded to support redevelopment efforts in Harrisburg's South Allison Hill neighborhood.
The Wolf administration today announced that the money from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, or RACP, has been awarded to the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority for more housing, new commercial retail space and various streetscape enhancements around Mulberry and Derry streets.
"This has been a target area for a long time, one of many in Allison Hill," said Bryan Davis, executive director of the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority.
RACP is a grant program used largely by businesses for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.
The MulDer Square revitalization project will take 15 authority properties and one privately owned property and redevelop them into 50 new affordable apartments known as the Mulberry Street Apartments.
The Harrisburg Housing Authority will construct three buildings for those units.
The first floor of one of the buildings will house about 2,500 square feet of commercial space. The plan is for use as a pharmacy, officials said.
HHA will need to demolish seven abandoned houses, plus three additional properties to construct the Mulberry Street Apartments.
The grant also covers upgrades to streets, walkways, trees, stormwater inlets, ADA curbing and the traffic signal. In addition, there is a plan for an increased police presence, including community policing and staffing of a police substation.
Last month, the administration announced a RACP grant in Midtown Harrisburg along the 900 block of North Third Street.