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.