English: Photo of Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse In Harrisburg PA Category:Images of Harrisburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cash may be short in some areas of the federal government – ask any worker dealing with mandatory furloughs at the midstate’s military bases – but work is finally underway for a new U.S. courthouse in Harrisburg.
That is evident in the dust and rubble at Sixth and Reily streets.
Demolition has started at the site. The old Bethesda Mission building on the property was nothing but a pile of broken cinderblocks and splintered timber as of Friday morning. Next to go will be nine row houses.
The razing is occurring three years after the feds chose the site for the project to replace the 1960s-era Ronald Reagan Federal Building at Third and Walnut streets in Harrisburg’s downtown.
Plans to build a $27 federal courthouse in Lancaster have been scrapped due to budget constraints in Washington. The General Services Administration owns land and was until recently seeking potential designers for the project.
The decision means that Lancaster County residents, law enforcement professionals, prosecutors and bankruptcy litigants will continue to travel to Reading or Philadelphia for federal cases. The project could still be reinstated if the economy improves.
Plans to build a new federal courthouse in Midtown Harrisburg are still moving forward. Construction could start as early as 2013 to replace the Ronald Regan Federal Building and Courthouse which was determined to no longer meet security and space requirements.