Harrisburg leaders want input for proposed MulDer Square improvements

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – City leaders held an open house Thursday evening to get people’s feedback on the multimodal transportation improvements to the MulDer Square section of Allison Hill.

Harrisburg leaders want your feedback on the proposed project.

“We want to get your input. We want to get your feedback,” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said at the meeting.

The purpose of the proposed project is to improve economic development, property values, livability, walkability, and access to all modes of transportation.

“Building apartments or homing and housing for homeless people would be great,” Allison Hill resident Anthony Coleman-Clark said. “If they’re doing parks and cleaning up, yes, that would be great! I’m tired of seeing a whole lot of trash all over the place. My mom’s an environmentalist.”

Some ideas for the project include pedestrian and bicycle improvements, green storm water infrastructure enhancements, and traffic calming measures.

“It’s a very busy area, and with the addition of new housing that’s going to be there, we know that there will be more people, more traffic, more cars, and so how can we make that more pleasant for the entire neighborhood,” said Jackie Parker, executive director of the Harrisburg Department of Economic and Community Development.

Design consultants are looking at creating a neighborhood gateway and community plaza at Mulberry Street and Derry Street, removing the Derry Street cul-de-sac to develop a multi-use path and linear park from the intersection of Derry Street and Sylvan Terrace to Cameron Street, and closing Nectarine Street to motorized traffic between Mulberry Street and Haehnlen Street.

Another meeting on the project should be held within a few months. Work is expected to begin in 2019.

You can contact City Hall at 717) 255-3060 or the city engineer at (717) 255-3178 with your input.

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