MidAtlantic City Scoop: Construction Starts in Harrisburg
Jason A. Fralick
Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc.
Fralick, who will head HRG in 2019, expects the area’s warehousing and distribution industry to stay strong. The infrastructure supporting that freight-moving activity is also undergoing upgrades. For example, HRG has inspected bridges and developed a capital improvement plan for Cumberland County, Pa., that prioritizes repair and replacement needs while minding funding levels.
Up-to-date housing also is important for the Harrisburg area, which has a relatively low cost of living that is luring new residents eager for a small-town atmosphere just a few hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Fralick says Harrisburg is on the cusp of developing walkable live-work-play environments to create “opportunities for both new construction and renovation or repurposing of shopping centers and other older buildings.”
HRG is program manager for a variety of infrastructure improvements aimed at encouraging downtown development in nearby Carlisle. Carlisle’s plan for improving roadways, upgrading stormwater management systems and remediating brownfields has attracted public and private-sector resources that have resulted in new housing, retail and hospitality projects as well as a 2.4-acre public park.
Firm in Focus
High Construction Co.
1853 William Penn Way, Lancaster, Pa.
President: Richard L. Stoudt Jr.
What’s New: High Construction’s 40th anniversary in 2018 coincided with the firm completing some of the largest projects in its history: the $40-million Madison Ellis Preserve apartment community in Newtown Square, Pa., and Phase 1 of Landis Homes’ Learning & Wellness Center and Crossings Apartments in Lititz, Pa. Other phases will be wrapped up over the next several months. High’s current projects in Lancaster include a 12-story East Tower addition to the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and The Crossings, a 90-acre, mixed-use development at Conestoga Creek that will include 258 apartments, a Residence Inn and several retail buildings. The company also broke ground in 2018 on the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being at Elizabethtown College, the school’s largest project in 10 years, and a new Home2 Suites hotel in Glen Mills, Pa.