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North Third Street Corridor Revitalization

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Client: City of Harrisburg, PA

JMT provided comprehensive planning, design, mapping and graphics, public involvement and organizational structure development services to the City of Harrisburg to develop the North Third Street Corridor Revitalization Plan.

The City of Harrisburg received funding from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) to develop an Elm Street Plan for the North Third Street Corridor neighborhoods.  The Elm Street study area is located within a portion of the City that lies between MaClay, Cameron, Front and Forester Streets. This area is a neighborhood of neighborhoods in proximity to the City's downtown district and has a defined impact on local restaurants and businesses, the City's historic integrity and local attractions.  Within the study area there are several historic districts with commercial, residential and institutional land use clusters.  Historically the neighborhood has experienced significant revitalization and continues to identify areas in need of additional investment.

JMT assisted the City of Harrisburg to implement a collaborative planning process to develop a five-year volunteer-based Elm Street Plan for the North Third Street Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods organized around the Elm Street Approach defined by DCED.   One of the primary partners in revitalization efforts was Harrisburg Area Community College's downtown campus.  Building rehabilitation, streetscape and infill development concepts were prepared along with housing, business development and volunteerism strategies to revive the mixed use corridor and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

The plan is based upon a detailed neighborhood assessment to determine the readiness and need for participation in planning, design and implementation phases of DCED's Elm Street Program.  The neighborhood assessment considered the physical condition of various neighborhood conditions as well as socio-economic characteristics of neighborhood populations.  JMT utilized GIS and IT capabilities to develop a data collection, analysis, mapping and reporting tool to support plan development and ongoing neighborhood assessment to meet program reporting requirements.

The public involvement program included neighborhood walkabouts, public meetings and workshops, neighborhood surveys and focus group discussions.  A five year action plan was prepared based upon the results of public input, neighborhood assessment, analysis and public-private partnership development. 

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