Congressman: Harrisburg’s federal courthouse moved to #1 on priority list

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Congressman Lou Barletta says the long-awaited federal courthouse in Harrisburg has become the top priority on the federal government’s judiciary construction list.

The judiciary’s Committee on Space and Facilities has ranked the project as the number one construction item, a decision approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the judiciary, Barletta said Wednesday in a news release.

“Each bit of good news brings us closer to the day when we can cut the ribbon and open the new courthouse,” Barletta said in the news release. “The new courthouse will be an important new facility for Harrisburg, as it will serve as a hub of activity and drive new economic development for the area.

Barletta announced in September that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had authorized more than $194 million for the Harrisburg courthouse. He said the final step will be the actual appropriation of the funds, a process that won’t begin until at least the new year.

The courthouse would be built on a vacant lot at North Sixth and Reilly streets in Midtown. The projected 243,000 square-foot facility would have up to eight courtrooms and 43 parking spaces.

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