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Harrisburg’s federal courthouse project could get $29.5M

GSA submits courthouse investment plan

Harrisburg’s long-awaited federal courthouse project at Sixth and Reily streets got another shot in the arm today, albeit a small one, with a new funding plan submitted to Congress by the U.S. General Services Administration.

The $947 million GSA plan includes starting construction and repairs on eight top priority courthouses across the country, plus $29.5 million for “continued feasibility studies and preparation work” for judiciary housing needs in Harrisburg. 

The Harrisburg project’s proposed final scope, budget and completion date are still being determined, according to GSA.

In 2004, Congress allocated $26 million for site acquisition and design of the new courthouse in Midtown Harrisburg. The 265,000-square-foot complex will replace the current courthouse at Third and Walnut streets in downtown Harrisburg. 

The GSA said last year that $161 million would still be needed to build it.

The House and Senate Appropriations committees, as well as the congressional committee that authorize courthouse construction, must approve GSA’s investment plan.

“After pushing GSA for a funding award for the critical Harrisburg courthouse project, I am glad we have received word that they will be receiving additional federal support. The project still needs significantly more funding to become a reality and I will continue to push to see this to fruition,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said in a statement.

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