2014 Hummel Street Townhouses Groundbreaking

We were thrilled to break ground on Thursday, January 23 on a project that will transform a blighted corner into a neighborhood centerpiece! In partnership with PinnacleHealth System and local contractors, BHA will be demolishing 6 blighted buildings at the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets (below left) and replacing them with 5 townhouses (below right).

Corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Street

The townhouse development was designed by Benedict Dubbs, Principal at Murray Associates. PinnacleHealth System is handling site demolition and providing project management expertise. They are also enlisting their network of contractors to help with donated labor and materials to make this “extreme block makeover” a reality. Reynolds Construction and Pyramid Construction Services are sharing subcontractor recruitment and management leading up the construction phase of the project.

About seventy-five friends of BHA, including PinnacleHealth representatives, local government leaders, and contractors, joined us to celebrate our groundbreaking and hear how to get involved over a delicious lunch provided by PinnacleHealth. Watch for updates as the project gets underway.

 

Michael Young, CEO of PinnacleHealth, opened the groundbreaking ceremonies at 222 Hummel Street, the future home of the Hummel Street Townhouses

Michael Young, CEO of PinnacleHealth, opened the groundbreaking ceremonies at 222 Hummel Street, the future home of the Hummel Street Townhouses

 

Cyndi Tolsma, BHA Board Member and PinnacleHealth Board Member, outlines how the blighted buildings to her left and right will be replaced by 5 beautiful new townhouses

Cyndi Tolsma, BHA Board Member and PinnacleHealth Board Member, outlines how the blighted buildings to her left and right will be replaced by 5 beautiful new townhouses

 

Roy Christ, Director of Building and Housing Development for the City of Harrisburg, shares words of affirmation for the project, both on behalf of the city and personally

Roy Christ, Director of Building and Housing Development for the City of Harrisburg, shares words of affirmation for the project, both on behalf of the city and personally

 

Long-time friend of BHA, Patty Kim, shares her enthusiasm for BHA's work helping homeless women out of poverty as well as revitalization of the Allison Hill Neighborhood

Long-time friend of BHA, Patty Kim, shares her enthusiasm for BHA’s work helping homeless women out of poverty as well as revitalization of the Allison Hill Neighborhood

 

Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams brings words of encouragement and affirmation on behalf of City Council

Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams brings words of encouragement and affirmation on behalf of City Council

 

From Left: Paul Wessel (BHA Board Treasurer), Cyndi Tolsma (BHA and PinnacleHealth Board Member), Patty Kim (BHA Supporter and PA State Representative), Phil Guarneschelli (COO of PinnacleHealth), Wanda Williams (Harrisburg City Council President), Roy Christ (City of Harrisburg Director of Building and Housing Development), Josh Stroup (BHA Board President), Michael Young (PinnacleHealth CEO), Steve Schwartz (BHA Executive Director) and George Grode (PinnacleHealth Board Chair) break ground on the Hummel Street Townhouses

From Left: Paul Wessel (BHA Board Treasurer), Cyndi Tolsma (BHA and PinnacleHealth Board Member), Patty Kim (BHA Supporter and PA State Representative), Phil Guarneschelli (COO of PinnacleHealth), Wanda Williams (Harrisburg City Council President), Roy Christ (City of Harrisburg Director of Building and Housing Development), Josh Stroup (BHA Board President), Michael Young (PinnacleHealth CEO), Steve Schwartz (BHA Executive Director) and George Grode (PinnacleHealth Board Chair) break ground on the Hummel Street Townhouses

 

BHA Executive Director Steve Schwartz leads a lunch program and project overview for about seventy friends of BHA and PinnacleHealth, including many community leaders, following the groundbreaking ceremony

BHA Executive Director Steve Schwartz leads a lunch program and project overview for about seventy friends of BHA and PinnacleHealth, including many community leaders, following the groundbreaking ceremony

 

Mackendra, BHA Program Participant shares her story of coming to BHA in a time of great need and finding friendship, support and stability

Mackendra, BHA Program Participant shares her story of coming to BHA in a time of great need and finding friendship, support and stability

 

PinnacleHealth COO Phil Guarneschelli shares why he is so excited about the Hummel Street Townhouses partnership with BHA and how he's challenging others to get involved

PinnacleHealth COO Phil Guarneschelli shares why he is so excited about the Hummel Street Townhouses partnership with BHA and how he’s challenging others to get involved

 

Dave Angle, CEO of Reynolds Construction, invites contractors to contribute donations of labor and materials to make the Hummel Street Townhouses a reality

Dave Angle, CEO of Reynolds Construction, invites contractors to contribute donations of labor and materials to make the Hummel Street Townhouses a reality

 

Benedict Dubbs, Principal with Murray Associates and Architect of the Hummel Street Townhouses project, shares his vision for tying in current elements of the community architecture with a forward looking design

Benedict Dubbs, Principal with Murray Associates and Architect of the Hummel Street Townhouses project, shares his vision for tying in current elements of the community architecture with a forward looking design

 

Architectural drawing of the finished townhouse community at the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets, designed by Benedict Dubbs, Principal, Murray Associates

Architectural drawing of the finished townhouse community at the corner of Hummel and Haehnlen Streets, designed by Benedict Dubbs, Principal, Murray Associates

 

PA State Representative Patty Kim does constituent outreach with her new friend Zion

PA State Representative Patty Kim does constituent outreach with her new friend Zion

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