Since its founding Historic Harrisburg Association has taken official positions regarding proposed development projects, proposed demolitions and other issues facing Harrisburg’s built environment. These often become the basis of our public advocacy before City Council and other deliberative bodies as well as the news media and the public at large. Often, our positions are forged in conjunction with one or more stakeholder groups, such as a neighborhood group.
In 2015, HHA in conjunction with the Capitol Area Neighbors forged a position that resulted in the preservation of two late-18th-century historic houses at 110-112 Locust Street and a highly acclaimed compromise with the PA Housing Finance Agency, whose expansion plans had threatened the properties. As a result, PHFA amended its plans, sparing the houses.
Other official positions taken by Historic Harrisburg in past years resulted in the preservation of three important Front Street mansions that had been threatened with demolition to make way for a modern condominium development that would have severely compromised the historic integrity of Front Street.
In 2014, Historic Harrisburg and about a dozen stakeholder entities formed “The Committee for the Future of Harrisburg State Hospital” to advocate at the State and local level for preservation and responsible development of the vast and historic state hospital campus in anticipation of its divesture by the Commonwealth of PA after more than 150 years of stewardship. The committee’s official Position Statement can be viewed here (Link to HSH page).