Harrisburg Primary Election Debate Series

Join us for four nights of virtual debates co-hosted by MAC, Friends of Midtown (FOM), and Who’s Running for Office (WRFO) leading up to Harrisburg’s Primary Elections on May 18th. All events will run from 7 PM to 9 PM and will be held via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live.

EVENT SCHEDULE

  1. Meet the Candidates Night – April 21st
  2. City Council Candidate Debate – April 28th
  3. School Board Candidate Debate – May 5th
  4. Mayoral Candidate Debate – May 12th

Click HERE to learn more details and register for these important community events.

Virtual Town Halls on Midtown Development Projects – February 4th and 8th

Join us for two virtual town hall events regarding current development projects in Midtown. Learn about the projects, ask questions and provide input! Co-hosted by Historic Harrisburg Association, Midtown Action Council and Friends of Midtown.

FIRST EVENT – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2021

6:00 – 8:00 PM | Zoom or Facebook Live | Register for February 4th Event Here

1507 N. 3rd Street (Former Gerber’s Department Store Building)

Presenter: Nathanial Foote, Third Street Realty Co.

Proposal: Mixed use; five two-bedroom apartments with street-facing retail/commercial space

Multiple Projects along N. 3rd and Logan Streets

Presenter: Chris Bryce and Matt Long, Midtown Redevelopment LLP

Proposal: Community center, 12 new apartments ranging from low income, work force income, and market rate and 8 new residential single family townhomes along Logan St. Click for more info.

SECOND EVENT – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2021

6:00 – 8:00 PM | Zoom or Facebook Live | Register for February 8th Event Here

320 Reily Street

Presenter: Doug Neidich, Greenworks Development and Dominic Wiker, Washington Place Equities

Proposal: Market-rate multi-family project comprised of 140 residential units and ~3,000 SQFT ground floor retail. Click for more info.

North Side of 400 Block of Reily Street

Presenter: Kevin Baird, 400 Reily Street Management, LLC

Proposal: Mixed use: Commercial Retail, Residential, and Parking

1122 Green Street (Former Salvation Army Building)

Presenter: Jonathan Bowser, Integrated Development Partners, LLC

Proposal: Conversion of building from institution use to residential use with 16 Residential Condo Units. Click for more info.

PLEASE NOTE: Co-sponsoring organizations do not endorse or oppose any of the projects presented. The purpose of the town halls is to provide the community with information on development projects and an opportunity to provide input and ask questions.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE TEAM:

Dear Neighbors:

One of Midtown Action Council’s stated purposes is to facilitate a spirit of mutual respect, community purpose, civic action, goodwill and cooperation among residents, businesses, and property owners of our neighborhood and adjoining neighborhoods. This has been part of our mission since Midtown Action Council’s inception in 1977.

This statement is prompted by a rumor that Midtown Action Council was involved in a petition that was circulated to exclude a minority business owner in our community. This rumor is unequivocally false. To date, we have received no evidence that Midtown Action Council’s name was used on any petition, but we continue to look and speak with neighbors, with several reporting incidents to us. Should it be discovered that Midtown Action Council’s name was used to spread hate and damage our community, our response will be immediate and the consequences serious. We are sobered by the accusations levied against us as an organization, but continue to be proud of the work we have done to improve Historic Midtown in the last 11 months: regular socially-distanced cleanups of Verbeke and the surrounding streets, new trash cans throughout our community to help with litter control, a neighborhood yard sale, installation of a new public bench in front of Historic Harrisburg Association in memory of neighbor and board member Mayor Stephen Reed, installation of updated historic markers, and replacement of broken or missing Historic Midtown street banners.

Allow us to make one thing very clear: Midtown Action Council is proud of every member of our Historic Midtown neighborhood — regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or disability. In order for a community to truly succeed — now and for centuries to come — that community must be inclusive and equitable. We are committed to addressing the errors of the past, not by ignoring them, but by acknowledging them head-on and working with all neighbors to ensure we all thrive together.

To that end, we are committed to increasing outreach to minority-owned businesses. We are committed to welcoming new and diverse members to our board. We are committed to respecting all members of our community and actively doing what we can to an end to racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and otherwise offensive conduct in our neighborhood. And most importantly, we are committed to keeping the door open. We welcome you to join us, work with us, and be a part of what we already know is an amazing, diverse, and beautiful community.

 Yours truly,

Catherine E. Rowe
President, Midtown Action Council

Kurt Knaus
Vice President, Midtown Action Council

Dan Fulton
Secretary/Treasurer, Midtown Action Council