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Hbg. art museum moving closer to construction

The $6.7 million Susquehanna Art Museum project in Midtown Harrisburg is slated to get underway by the second quarter, said Andrew Giorgione, a SAM board member.

The project includes renovating the Keystone Building, a former bank property at 1401 N. Third St. that is owned by Harrisburg-based GreenWorks Development, and constructing a roughly 16,000-square-foot, two-story addition.

The City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee is scheduled to discuss a land development resolution Wednesday, according to the city calendar. The plan also includes a parking lot at 1410 James St.

The new museum, which should serve as another anchor in the Midtown community, is expected to take up to 10 months to complete, Giorgione said.

The area is home to the Midtown Cinema, Stage on Herr, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore and other galleries and shops.

The state has committed $5.5 million between Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program, also known as RCAP, and Growing Greener funds, Giorgione said.

Museum officials need to raise about $1.2 million before breaking ground.

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