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Preface

This report on the revitalization of the Division Street Corridor is the product of a six credit Planning Studio course (CRP 9889) in the Master’s Program of the Planning and Community Development Department, Temple University. The main client contact from the City of Harrisburg was Mr. Geoffrey Knight, Planning Director for the Harrisburg Planning Department. Course Director from Temple University was Dr. Jeffrey Doshna, with Mr. David Butcher serving as faculty advisor to the Harrisburg studio group.
Pages from Division Street Corridor Redevelopment Plan (Executive Summary)

Division Street, located in Uptown Harrisburg, can be revitalized through transportation improvements and economic development for the benefit of local residents, the city, and the environment. This plan and its recommendations were guided by the following vision and principles.

Vision

The Division Street Revitalization will create an improved, multi-modal corridor
that promotes economic vitality, strengthens surrounding neighborhoods, and
fosters environmental sustainability.

Principles

  1. Improved transportation and streetscape conditions for motor vehicles, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians
  2. New opportunities for residential and commercial growth at identified catalyst sites
  3. Increased connections to the surrounding neighborhood and inclusive economic opportunities for nearby residents
  4. Green infrastructure and sustainable environmental practices

At A Glance

The plan takes an in-depth look at the transportation infrastructure and provides recommendations to transform the corridor into a multimodal boulevard. The plan then reviews the economic status of the corridor and, through the identification of two catalyst sites, provides conceptual ideas and a detailed breakdown of the investment that is needed to revitalize these underutilized properties.

Additionally, the plan provides recommendations for broader policies
and programs that the city can implement in order to help drive revitalization of the Division Street corridor. The City of Harrisburg is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan. Ideas and concepts identified during this planning process were considered and incorporated into the recommendations for the Division Street corridor.

Key landmarks along the corridor include the Academy Manor Neighborhood, Italian Lake, the Former William Penn High School, Camp Curtin Academy, the Zembo Shrine, and the Uptown Shopping Plaza. The corridor is home to a diverse population in terms of both income and race. The median household income varies along the corridor from approximately $20,000 to $70,000, from east to west. The percentage of the population living below the poverty level, also varies greatly from three percent to 71 percent. The block groups along the corridor range in African American populations from 12 percent to 72 percent and white populations from one percent to 64 percent.

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Credits

We would like to acknowledge and express our thanks to the following people for their contributions in producing this report.

City Of Harrisburg

Jackie Parker, Director of Community & Economic Development
Department of Community & Economic Development

Geoffrey Knight, AICP, Planning Director
Planning Department

James Spatz, Urban Planner/Zoning Officer
Planning Department

Wayne Martin, PE, City Engineer
Office of the City Engineer

Temple University

David Butcher, Planning Studio Advisor
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Planning and Community Development

Jeffrey P. Doshna, Ph.D., Planning Studio Course Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Planning and Community Development

Others

David Morrison, Executive Director
Historic Harrisburg Association

William A. Jones, General Manager
Capital Area Transit (CAT)

Thomas Posavec, SIOR, Senior Vice President
Landmark Commercial Realty, Inc.

Craig W. Bachik, RLA, Senior Landscape Architect
Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers

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