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Mechanicsburg set to remake downtown

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jun 14, 2017 4:34 PM
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Part of downtown Mechanicsburg is seen in 2013.

(Harrisburg) -- More and more people across the country are choosing to live in walkable communities.

Here in the midstate, one community is planning to remake its downtown to catch up to the trend.

The group Renaissance of Mechanicsburg has started the planning stage of a remake.

It wants to make the Cumberland County community feel more friendly, but also keep the history and culture of Mechanicsburg in place.

Jayne Drake of the group says it's planning on adding green space, including a garden modeled after one from the 1800s.

Drake says she's talked with business leaders and residents, and they all see the value of the effort.

"People are moving away from the big box stores, the big malls, and looking for a sense of place, looking for a place that's well planted, and that has some history, and that has some charm to it," says Drake.

Drake says the plans are just in the early stages.

A community meeting is getting set up for late July, and Drake says they're still a ways away from estimating costs.

"People are beginning to return to the small towns as a place to live, to shop, and to come in for dinner, and to have some activities," adds Drake.

Mechanicsburg's downtown revitalization would follow changes across the river in Dauphin County, where Middletown improved its downtown, and a brewery has moved in.

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