A developer has revised a plan for a proposed mixed-use building in Midtown Harrisburg, removing hundreds of parking spaces but adding many more apartments to the project.
Philadelphia-area businessman Kevin Baird again this month submitted a request to the city for a waiver and special exception for a seven-story building on the 400 block of Reily Street.
The revised plan provides for 142 apartments, a restaurant and café, commercial space and a parking lot with 171 spaces.
In April 2021, Baird received City Council approval build a building with 85 apartments next to a 500-space car park. That plan had to be adjusted after the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) didn’t go ahead with its proposed parking lot for the future federal courthouse, located two blocks from the site, according to the new request.
The GSA expects the courthouse to be “substantially complete” this winter.
The project also abandoned a grocery store project because the developer was unable to find a tenant, according to demand.
“Therefore, a redevelopment of the property with the current project – less parking, no grocery store and more apartments is proposed”, according to the applicant.
Although the new plan includes 171 parking spaces, on-site parking still falls short of the 231 off-street spaces the building would need. Therefore, a special exception is needed for the exemption from the parking requirement. Additionally, the zoning waiver is necessary because the project exceeds the city’s residential density regulations.
To mitigate the loss of parking, the proponent proposes to include an on-site car-sharing service and/or a transit subsidy, although the application does not specify how this would work.
On Wednesday, Harrisburg’s planning commission approved the zoning relief, which must now be approved by the city’s zoning hearing board.
Approval was granted with conditions listed by the City Planning Office. These include details regarding the proposed car-sharing service and transit subsidy, incorporating a second entrance to the retail space, landscaping requirements and the installation of bicycle storage. secured.
Click here to read the Harrisburg Planning Office case report for this project.
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