Hotel planned for Harrisburg

Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed revealed plans for the construction of a proposed 14-story hotel in downtown Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed revealed plans for the construction of a proposed 14-story hotel in downtown Harrisburg. Financed by WCI Partners of Harrisburg, the upscale boutique hotel would sit at the corner of North Second and State streets. The project has yet to be approved by City Council, Reed said.

The proposed location houses two blighted buildings that would be removed, Reed said. The purchase is under contract, and WCI President J. Alex Hartzler would not reveal an estimated construction price. The project would cost more than $10 million, Reed said.

A name has not been chosen, but Reed said a major hotel chain could occupy the space. The 100,000-square-foot hotel would offer 148 luxury guest rooms, 2,700 square feet of retail space, a heated outdoor pool, fitness facility, valet parking, lounge, restaurant, outdoor dining, small meeting space and other amenities.

The hotel would create at least 70 new full- and part-time jobs, Reed said. Site preparation for the hotel would begin in spring 2007, and construction would start next July, Reed said. The hotel plans to open in September 2008.

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