Capitol View Commerce Center could spark development

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Sep 8, 2014 4:46 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A monstrous building that looms over a major road in Harrisburg will soon be filled with workers, and it may be more than an economic boost to the Capital City.

About 100 workers from a Northumberland County company are expected to move into the Capitol View Commerce Center next month.

The building, which has stood empty since 2008, sits along the Cameron Street industrial corridor in Harrisburg.

The previous building owner, David Dodd II, was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for misappropriation of project funds.

Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries sees symbolism in the turnaround.

"I saw it and I viewed it as a vacant eyeshore myself. So seeing what it was, what it is today, and what the future holds for that corridor as a result of that economic investment that Moran Industries is putting in is certainly a win-win for everyone."

"It would probably some very symbolic getting another kind of vacant piece of property there, not only in use but actually from the pictures I've seen, just an absolutely great looking building," says Penn State Harrisburg business professor David Buehler

But to turn around the surrounding area, Buehler says putting workers in a building isn't enough.

'Some early success there would certainly help. And then also some other companies that kinda realize that the area is a great spot."

Buehler says the fact its a Keystone Opportunity Zone with lower state and local taxes could persuade more companies to take leap the leap and move.

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