Harrisburg, Pennsylvania gets $3.5 million from state to restore historic buildings

A $3.5 million state grant will help a city-based property group restore blighted Midtown buildings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Behind several dilapidated brick buildings, Governor Tom Wolf huffed-and-puffed about not blowing them in.

We don’t want these buildings to be vacant,” he said. “(private redeveloper) WCI has led the way in this city’s revitalization, even before the financial crisis,” he said.

Young investors Adam Brackbill and Adam Porter, who currently co-own Startup Harrisburg, will relocate the work-sharing space to ground floor of one apartment building. The state-of-the-art space will open in the next few weeks.

Wolf and Mayor Eric Papenfuse touted the guts of the two men to take on such risk.

It’s all part of rebuilding the city’s tax base and making sure we have a sustainable long-term recovery plan for Harrisburg,” Papenfuse said.

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