U.S. Courthouse Project, Harrisburg, PA

Background

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will build a new U.S. Courthouse in the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The existing Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg does not meet the federal government's security and expansion requirements. The 1960s era Reagan Building was initially built with two courtrooms and later, two more courtrooms were added.  However, the four courtrooms are not enough to accommodate the increasing caseload of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

Status Update

The project is currently in design phase.

On January 25, 2017, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded $9,194,935 to Ennead Architects of New York, NY for providing A/E services for the U.S. Courthouse planned at 6th & Reily Streets in Harrisburg.  The services include revising the former PBS Commissioner’s approved design concept and completing the design services for the new courthouse. Design services are estimated to be completed in the Fall 2018.

On January 31, 2017, GSA announced the availability and opportunity for public review and comment of a draft supplemental environmental assessment (SEA). The Draft SEA examines the potential impacts of a proposal by GSA to construct a new U.S. Courthouse in the city of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to house the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and court-related agencies.

The current Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse located at 228 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA, no longer efficiently serves the needs of the courts and court family due to security concerns, operational deficiencies, and existing and future space needs. The Proposed Action consists of acquiring property to construct a stand-alone building, approximately 243,000 gross square feet, to address the security, efficiency, and space concerns. In 2011, GSA published a Final EA with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), documenting GSA’s decision to select the 6th and Reily Streets site for constructing a new U.S. Courthouse. GSA began acquiring the necessary land parcels but was unable to reach a purchase agreement for four of the required parcels. Ultimately, GSA stopped negotiations due to lack of available funding necessary for design and construction. The funding for design and construction is now available, and GSA is completing a SEA to ensure the previous baseline conditions and potential impacts from the project have not changed since the 2011 Final EA and decision document were published.

The Draft SEA analyzes two alternatives: the 6th and Reily Streets Alternative and the No Action Alternative. The 6th and Reily Streets Alternative, which was the selected alternative from the 2011 EA and Finding of No Significant Impact, consists of an approximately 4.5-acre-area bounded by Reily Street to the south, 6th Street to the west, Boyd and Harris Streets to the north, and 7th Street to the east. The No Action Alternative is included to provide a basis for comparison with the action alternatives as required by the NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1002.14(d)).

The Draft SEA examines and evaluates any environmental or socioeconomic conditions that may have changed since 2011 to ensure impacts would not be significant. The Draft SEA evaluates the baseline environmental conditions, environmental consequences, and cumulative impacts of both alternatives.

The 30-day public comment period for the Draft SEA ended March 1, 2017. Comments postmarked after this date are being considered to the extent practicable.  More information will be available when the Final SEA and FONSI are released.

Last Reviewed 2017-03-02