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Harrisburg courthouse project still on track

While a Lancaster courthouse project is out, plans for Harrisburg’s new federal courthouse are moving forward, said Robert Philbin, Mayor Linda Thompson’s spokesman.

The city has not heard anything to suggest the local project could lose funding or get the ax from the General Services Administration, Philbin said.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported May 29 that the GSA has canceled the $27 million plan for Lancaster because of the cost.

The Lancaster decision won’t impact the courthouse project in Harrisburg, said Gina Blyther Gilliam, regional public affairs officer for the GSA.

“The project is now in the design phase, and the construction schedule is dependent on availability of funds and congressional authorization,” she said.

Congress in 2004 allocated $26 million for site acquisition and design for the Harrisburg project. It took six more years of political wrangling with the GSA to decide on Sixth and Reily streets in Midtown for the project.

The new building will move the courthouse out of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building at 228 Walnut St.

Groundbreaking for the $130 million project is slated for 2013. The courthouse is expected to be ready in 2016, officials have said.

Editor’s note: This item was modified from its previous version to add comment from the GSA.

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