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June 13, 2018


HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has acquired 39 of the 53 properties on South 14th Street that were affected by the sink hole that developed in March 2014. 

The City is purchasing affected homes in the 1400 block of South 14th Street in partnership with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Two rows of attached homes on either side of the block are slated for acquisition, and the City is now working with homeowners and renters to purchase the remaining 14 homes.

“We are pleased to announce that we are making great progress in resolving the dangerous situation that these sinkholes created for dozens of families,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We thank the federal, state and county agencies for responding to our calls for help, and we thank residents for cooperating with our efforts to acquire these properties.”

The City has received a total of $5,779,099 in federal funding from FEMA and HUD to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site. This work has been conducted in two phases.

The City also has been granted $1million from Dauphin County to rehabilitate the sink hole site after demolition is completed and the area turned into a green space.

In conjunction with PEMA and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the City is working with Navarro & Wright for property acquisitions and engineering services, and with Capital Access for renter relocation.

Almost $2 million has been spent thus far to acquire properties in the first two phases of the project.

Remaining homeowners have a deadline of June 30, 2018 to participate in the Buyout Program. Homeowners must confirm their desire to participate in the Buyout Program, and the City must have signed agreements from all participants by the end of June.

The City hopes to have all participating properties vacant by the end of June to begin utility relocation work and project demolition work at the site in July/August 2018.

The site will be prepared as green open space, per HUD/FEMA guidelines. The City is not permitted to place any structures on the site after the existing homes have been removed and the site has been remediated.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at, or call 717 255 3015.


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Harrisburg’s First Ever Winter Street Festival Is Here!

Harrisburg is introducing on March 3 its first annual winter street festival — Ice & Fire! It will be the largest of its kind in the City!

There will be entertainment for everyone including giant inflatables for kids to slide on, a 70-foot ice skating rink in the middle of 2nd Street, fire dancers and MORE.

Did we mention, all of these things are free? Yup, you heard right — free skate rentals, no entry tickets for the bounce house or viewing ice sculptures. EVERYTHING is absolutely free!

In addition, there will be food trucks to fulfill any type of craving, live musical performances and a winter flea market.

Convinced yet? If not, the photos below should do the trick!

For more details please visit our event page.

Image Sources: Artificial Ice Events, Circus School of Lancaster, Ernie DiMartino, Strawberry Shortcakes, Big Chipper’s BBQ & Soul Burrito

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Harrisburg in the Snow

It’s a winter wonderland in Harrisburg right now! Everything from the MLK Government Center to Reservoir Park are covered in snow, and it’s a sight to behold!

Simply driving along Front Street makes one want to stop and take photos.

The Peace Garden, Sunken Garden and the bridges over the Susquehanna are especially beautiful with the thick blanket of white this winter has brought.

Don’t forget to take a break, bundle up and step outside to enjoy the beauty this season has to offer!

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102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an annual agriculture show hosted at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex here in the City of Harrisburg. It is the largest indoor agriculture exposition featuring about 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits each year. The show provides the opportunity for people to see what Pennsylvania has to offer in the industry.

The Farm Show is usually held in the first or second week of January and lasts about 10 days. And as you will see from the photos, there is plenty to see and do. From petting farm animals to competitions to delicious food and famous milkshakes, there’s something for everyone!

In addition, this year, our very own Mayor Papenfuse participated in the “Fill a Glass with Hope” campaign hosted by the PA Dairymen’s Association by serving milkshakes. For every milkshake purchased, a dollar was donated to the cause.


–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

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New Year’s Eve Celebration 2018

Our New Year’s Eve celebration kicked off at 9 p.m. inside the MLK Government Center. There were two Free performances by the Gamut Theatre Group that were enjoyed by children and adults alike. The Popcorn Hat Players did a skit called “Little Red Riding Hood” which was geared more towards children but they did a fantastic job of keeping the adults entertained as well. Next up was the TMI Improve Troupe who were energetic and very funny.

Outside the MLK Government Center, a DJ played top hits. People danced and waited for the Giant Strawberry Drop.

Despite the freezing temperatures, hundreds came out and enjoyed the dazzling fireworks at the end.

If you missed out this year, make sure you join us for 2019!

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

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Discover the Ducks Downtown

Have you walked around downtown and seen painted duck sculptures and wondered what they were? Well, wonder no more! Discover the Ducks Downtown is a project by the Downtown Improvement District. These are painted by local artists and can be spotted throughout the city. 

The ducks beautify the city and are enjoyable to see on walks around the city. Here are photos of a few of our favorites, but there is a map that shows where you can spot all of them! Show us your favorite one by snapping a photo and tagging us on Instagram @thecityofhbg. 

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

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