A key component of the original Harristown plan of 1974 was building 1,200 market rate residential units in downtown Harrisburg.
Following significant internal discussions 2014 and 2015, Harristown began work to convert largely vacant class B and C office space downtown into apartments, intending to add more residents living in close proximity to work, retail and other amenities, following the principles of new urbanism. A study of the downtown residential real estate market was commissioned, which found that the market could absorb up to 300 additional units within the next three years, and that B and C office demand was declining, therefore market rate rental units were developed where possible, within existing vacant office, a more prudent use of space.
at Strawberry Square
The first apartment project, opened in 2016, was 22 luxury apartments within Strawberry Square, called The Flats at Strawberry Square. Two additional units were added in 2017.
Fifteen at Twenty-Two
Shortly after the opening of The Flats, F@TT, or Fifteen at Twenty-Two South 3rd added an additional 15 units in a historic building with a first-floor restaurant.
Both projects have high-end finishes, state of the art appliances, open floor plans and unique architectural features.
Just a few weeks later in 2016, Harristown debuted an additional 14 units in restored row buildings along Third Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street called SoMa on Third. High demand allowed for a second phase of this project which restored three more buildings and six apartments.
These projects include multiple partners and involved relocating multiple businesses and offices, all of which remained downtown. The apartments reached full occupancy quickly and continue to be in high demand by a diverse clientele.
Harristown and its investors purchased a long vacant building on at 221 North Second Street, on the corner of Second and Cranberry Streets and renovated it into 12 additional units called the Bogg on Cranberry in a modern farmhouse style.
Plans for an additional 74 units on Pine Street, at 116 and 124 Pine, are expected to be completed in 2019.
Harristown and its partners will also perform a historic rehabilitation of 236 South Second Street, which is the former Fox Hotel and Santanna’s Restaurant, including eight apartments that respect the integrity of the building.
This property was on Historic Harrisburg’s demo watch list for multiple years. Harristown and its partners believe that adding more residents to the downtown will strengthen the economy, support other local businesses, increase the tax base, and create a livelier urban environment.