Revitalizing Harrisburg for Over 40 Years
Harristown Development Corporation (the parent company) is a non-profit real-estate development company that since 1974 has been devoted to revitalizing downtown Harrisburg. Here at Harristown, we are helping make Harrisburg a better place to live, work and play. Since the inception of the Harristown Urban Renewal Project and the formation of Harristown, Harrisburg has seen dramatic economic, cultural and community development. Since its inception Harristown has been involved in over $500 million of redevelopment projects in the core of downtown, paid over $200 million in real estate taxes to the various jurisdictions, and now has over 2.5 million s.f. of real estate under ownership or management.
Harristown’s restoration of downtown Harrisburg is changing the way people view and use the city.
Our flagship property is known as Strawberry Square. Strawberry Square is a hub for professionals, residents, visitors and small businesses. Strawberry Square acts as an inclusive center for community events, as the centerpiece of the capital city, a place for downtown employees, residents and visitors to live, work, shop, dine and explore.
Through The Years
We have a long history of development in downtown Harrisburg and have accomplished many notable projects.
1979 Over 1.1 million square foot commercial, office and retail complex including a public atrium. Project partners included the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Bell of Pennsylvania (Verizon) and the City of Harrisburg. Learn More...
Strawberry Square - Phase I
1980 Harristown held the role of developer and property manager for the rehabilitation of this historic six-floor office building. When completed, it also housed space for street retail or restaurant usage. Learn More...
1980 Harristown served as the developer and is the property manager of this 22-story mixed-use commercial office building that contains over 400,000 square feet of State office space and common area with 14,500 square feet of retail space. Learn More...
333 Market Street
1982 Harristown partnered with the City of Harrisburg and served in the pre-development phase and later as project manager for this four-story, 136,000 square foot City Government office center. Learn More...
MLK City Government Center
1985 Harristown partnered with the City of Harrisburg, the Federal government and Capital Area Transit and served in pre-development and land acquisition phases for the Harrisburg Transportation Center. This project was a historic rehabilitation on the main station and surrounding properties. Learn More...
Harrisburg Transportation Center
1985 Rehabilitation of three-and four-story row buildings along 4th and Walnut Streets. 18 commercial offices, 30 residential units, and retail and restaurant space. Learn More...
1989 Historic preservation expansion of Strawberry Square, included 241,000 additional square feet of high-end office and retail space linked by glass skylights and paved walkways. Learn More...
Strawberry Square - Phase II
1990 Harristown partnered with the City of Harrisburg, HUD, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, private investors and served as developer and owner of the 15-story, 341 room, 4 diamond, first-class Hilton Hotel until 2012. The hotel contains a lobby bar, casual and fine dining, 10,000-square-foot ballroom, swimming pool and fitness area. Learn More...
1999 An affiliate of Harristown acquired and renovated three floors of this historic, office building to create a new home for the Susquehanna Art Museum, as well as office spaces for arts organizations. The Susquehanna Art Museum has since moved, and the building was sold to another private developer who converted it to student housing for Harrisburg University. Learn More...
1999 The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a unique complex containing a science center, a 200-seat digital theater and a 660-seat performing arts theater. Harristown served a role in site acquisition, project management and financial management. Learn More...
2001 Harristown served as developer and manager for this retail project. Dramatic lease hold improvements and the renovation of existing spaces for six new street level retailers on Third and Market Streets enhanced this street block. Learn More...
Shops on Third
2002 Harristown partnered with the City of Harrisburg, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, PA Hardwood Development Council, Hardwood Product Companies and served as developer, owner and property manager. Completed in 3 phases, this vibrant international student/intern residential complex has over 50,000 sq ft of space, 160 beds in furnished units and multi-cultural lounges for events. Learn More...
International House Harrisburg & Expansions in 2005 & 2011
2007 The streetscape improvements of Dewberry and Blackberry Streets include widening the west side sidewalk and reducing the width of the east sidewalk to make both safe for walking. Enhancements include brick and concrete sidewalk accentuated by historic street lights, new trees, granite curbs and bollards. Learn More...
2007 Dewberry, L.L.C., an affiliate of Harristown, acquired this building in 2006. The building was renovated and leased to Messiah College, and now to Harrisburg University. The facility consists of furnished student housing for 25, a classroom, conference room, and offices. The building housed the McCreath Laboratories for 50 years. It was built in the 1890s and was originally a brewery. Learn More...
Messiah College Harrisburg Institute
2009 Harristown served as the developer and owner and partnered with CAIU and Open Stage of Harrisburg in the development of Capital Area School for the Arts. Capital Area School of the Arts (or just CASA) is a 15,000 square foot space in Strawberry Square with specialized classrooms for the arts, including a dance floor, changing rooms, and music and theatre equipped spaces. Learn More...
Capital Area School for the Arts
2016 Harristown served as developer and manager for The Flats at Strawberry Square. The Flats at Strawberry Square is a conversion of former offices at 11 N 3rd Street to 24 upscale apartment units inside Strawberry Square with high end finishes. Learn More...
The Flats at Strawberry Square
2016 Fifteen @Twenty-Two is a conversion of former office space into fifteen luxury apartment units with a first-floor restaurant space in a historic building on South 3rd Street. Learn More...
F@TT Fifteen @ Twenty-Two
2016 SoMa On Third is an acquisition and rehabilitation of 8 row buildings, converted into 20 new apartment units with first floor retail space. It includes stringing of decorative lights above the street to beautify and enhance the sense of community in this new neighborhood. Learn More...
SoMa on Third
2018 Acquisition and rehabilitation of a vacant office building into 12 new apartments in a modern farmhouse style. Learn More...
The Bogg on Cranberry
2020 Conversion of the long-vacant former Santanna’s Seafood House in the Shipoke neighborhood into 8 art-deco style apartments. Learn More...
The Fox on Washington
2020 Acquisition and conversion of two mostly vacant former office buildings in the 100 block of Pine Street into apartment units: 25 in a modern farmhouse style with first floor retail, and 49 in mid-century modern with an existing restaurant on the first floor. Learn More...
The BenMar Apartments
Year-long apartment project set to begin in downtown Harrisburg
Work is set to start on one of Harrisburg’s largest residential projects in recent years–the conversion of two downtown office buildings to rental housing.
Housing Study: Harrisburg faces shortage of rental housing now, expected to get worse
Move to pave the way for mixed-use redevelopment project in Harrisburg.
ULI Report: Harrisburg’s 3rd Street corridor good, but could be great
Move to pave the way for mixed-use redevelopment project in Harrisburg.