K&W Engineers owner buying Harrisburg mansion, moving firm from TecPort
Harrisburg's historic Horace King Mansion on North Front Street will soon have a new owner, one who plans to move his company into the capital city this fall.
Marc Kurowski, principal at Swatara Township-based K&W Engineers and Consultants, a site design firm, said he expects to close on the property at 2201 N. Front St. by the end of the month. Kurowski is purchasing the mansion from the owner of Webclients.net, an internet advertising firm.
Terms of the proposed deal were not disclosed.
The property at the corner of Woodbine Street, which has a balcony that overlooks Front Street and the Susquehanna River, recently became home to growing business-to-business marketing agency Sacunas Inc. The firm leases the first floor of the property.
K&W, which has 13 full-time employees in the TecPort Business Center, will occupy most of the second floor, Kurowski said. He anticipates a mid-September move following some minor office renovations.
"I've been trying to move into the city for years," said Kurowski, who is a Harrisburg resident. "But I couldn't find the right building."
In fact, the mansion was not actually listed for sale, he said. But a connection between his real estate agent, Chuck Heller of Landmark Commercial Realty, and the building owner helped lead to the deal.
Kurowski said the location is "phenomenal" from an employee attraction and retention perspective. It's right by Riverfront Park.
Plus, there's been strong business momentum in that area with Sacunas moving in and the growth at nearby WebpageFX Inc., a digital marketing company, he said.
"We feel an energy and momentum in Harrisburg," he said. "And the residential demand still seems to be pretty high."
K&W could add a handful of people over the coming year as construction activity has continued to pick up across the board, he said. The firm has been busy with commercial, industrial and institutional work.
The Dauphin County firm, which was founded in 2005, also specializes in athletic facility design for K-12 and higher education clients as well as professional athletics.
Kurowski said he believes the capital city, which has been recovering from a debt crisis propelled largely by bad financial deals tied to its incinerator, is "going in the right direction."
And he's hoping other businesses will follow him into Harrisburg. The mansion still has some small vacancies. Kurowski is marketing those offices to professional users, including attorneys, accountants and lobbyists who are looking for high-end space in Harrisburg.