Sep 28, 2022 - Real Estate

Inside the $350 million plan to reignite Steelton

A map of the planned Steelton Village development

A map of the proposed Steelton Village development on South High Street. Image courtesy of MKSK

A repurposed fire truck factory just a few miles south of downtown is slated to become the centerpiece of a new 36-acre community.

Driving the news: Developers announced a plan yesterday for Steelton Village, a mixed-use neighborhood with 1,000 apartments, plus entertainment and commercial space.

  • The project will surround The Fort, a factory-turned-business hub.
  • Justin McAllister, owner and president of furniture business Fortner, acquired the 130-year-old building in 2017 and repurposed it with help from developer Kyle Katz.

Why it matters: The pair tell Axios the $350 million expansion will breathe new life into an overlooked historic area along South High Street and add desperately needed housing units.

  • 75% of commercial space will be in repurposed buildings, while housing will all be new construction.

Flashback: In the early 1900s, Steelton was a booming industrial district anchoring nearby neighborhoods like Merion Village, but the area has been underutilized in recent decades.

What's next: As the developers wait for rezoning approval from the city, The Fort is leasing more space to new tenants.

  • New York-based winery and concert venue City Winery will open its first Ohio location at the site by next year, along with art-focused craft brewery Honest Friend Brewing.

ğŸŽµ The intrigue: Steelton Village will emphasize live music, with outdoor performance areas planned and all restaurants, bars and taprooms encouraged to include stages.

A mural at the entrance to the soon-to-be neighborhood
A mural at the south entrance to the soon-to-be neighborhood. Photo: Josh Miller, courtesy of Matchbox Ltd.

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