Wolf praises redevelopment project in midstate

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 28, 2017 4:35 PM

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Gov. Tom Wolf tours Capitol View Commerce Center, on Harrisburg's Cameron Street. It was redeveloped by a Northumberland County businessman after the original developer was sentenced to federal prison for more than 7 years for misappropriating funds.

(Harrisburg) -- Redevelopment can be a tricky path to navigate, but Governor Tom Wolf is singling out one project in the midstate: Capitol View Commerce Center in Harrisburg.

A Northumberland County businessman redeveloped the building, on Cameron Street - Harrisburg's industrial area.

For years, it had been empty, and was ugly to look at.

The original developer was sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison for misusing project money.

But now two companies are in the big building, and officials say they often get calls from others looking for space.

After a tour, Governor Tom Wolf says if government focuses on infrastructure, education, and other quality of life issues, developers will be willing to take more risks.

"Those are the things that make a place attractive. And I think that's what government can do to make sure that we are a place that's welcoming and attractive," says Wolf.

Wolf says people in government often think economic development is all about making deals, but he says many business owners are looking for a good quality of life.

Wolf says government also needs to move efficiently - staff at Capitol View said the state really worked with them to get all the required permits after the building was abandoned.

"We gotta do it right. It doesn't mean we cut corners, we don't dilute the regulations, but we're fair, we're consistent and we do things on time. I think that's what government has to do and I was pleased to hear they thought we did that here," he adds.

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