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Old 02-08-2018, 09:15 PM
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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology received eight sealed proposals by a Friday deadline, an early milestone in the effort to erect a building dedicated to health sciences education, according to Eric Darr, the school's president.

The goal is to develop a mixed-use tower with a health science education center of about 200,000 square feet for the university, plus student housing, a public parking garage and other amenities that could benefit the broader community.

Harrisburg University entertaining eight proposals for downtown tower | CPBJ
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:30 PM
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*The picture shown in the article is not a proposal, but the University's existing campus.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:45 PM
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Sounds like another step in the right direction for the city, so long as this investment pays off. Colleges and universities attract students, who would spend their money in the city, allowing for gradual improvement in the local economy and the startup of more attractive businesses. Hopefully sometime in the near future Harrisburg would be able to rid itself of its debt and its current parking authority, and charge reasonable parking rates and enforcement times comparable to other cities of its size. That would start to attract more people who would spend time (and money) in the city, further improving the local economy, and increase local government revenue via reasonable parking rates. After that it's possible that the increase in city revenue would allow for the hiring of more police officers to patrol and walk beats downtown to provide more safety. As the city's economy improves and the level of safety improves it could attract even more people to live in the city. An optimistic pipe dream? Perhaps...but only time will tell.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:06 AM
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This is SUPER exciting!!!

I am eager to see the proposals, I hope HU releases them soon before choosing the finalist!!

With that this project is landmark for the city and the region for a variety of reasons. The region desperately needs to continue to elevate its higher education offerings/specialities and this 100% does that by creating landmark institutions with a School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy! Huge wins for the region and the University.

It will definitely elevate the vibrancy of downtown as well, the more density, definitely the better.

My big wishes for this project:

1) Residential component included (apartments).
2) Boutique hotel
3) Architecturally interesting/significant

Harrisburg has not had a new high rise in quite some time. Architecturally given the time period of each building and the styles of the period I do not think the city suffers from any truly 'bad' architecture. Even 333 Market, being a product of the 70s, I think manages to handle its brutalist roots of the decade fairly well and has been aging gracefully.

But I really hope that this is a nice modern addition to Harrisburg to really signify where the city is headed starting in the new decade of the 20s!

Allentown has really been hitting it out of the ballpark with new downtown development. Let's hope the quality of architecture can match the 24 story 350 ft Innovation Tower proposed in Allentown. Let me remind you the new HU tower is supposed to be about 100ft taller than this project and 333 Market in Harrisburg!


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