The Harrison Project Moving Onward, Just Not Upward…Yet

Although the developers of the downtown Harrison project haven’t announced an official groundbreaking, they’re making steady progress at the site as they work to finalize key funding, a city official confirmed on Monday.

Construction crews have completed most of their earthwork at the site and have started placing concrete ahead of a Jan. 17 deadline for the Harrison’s development team to sell state and federal tax credits that would comprise much of the $18 million project’s funding, said Greg Leatherman, the city’s director of redevelopment.

City officials expect more news on the tax credits before the deadline, Leatherman said, although he wouldn’t comment further on the project’s status.

Thom Obergfell, a member of the city Redevelopment Commission, said the construction activity shows that the developers are confident they will meet the deadline for selling the tax credits.

“I will say it was good to see the concrete going in there. They wouldn’t be doing that if they weren’t confident,” he said.

Drew Welborn, a spokesman for development group New Harrison, declined a recent request for an interview, saying the developers would provide an update when they have more news to report.

Before construction crews for the developers began working, the city helped prepare the site by moving several truckloads of sand, clay, gravel and other debris unsuitable for building. That job, which cost around $80,000, took only a few days and was finished by the end of December, Leatherman said.

The Harrison, which will include residential, commercial and office space, was supposed have been finished in summer 2009 but has faced frequent delays.

-News Sentinel

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