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Second Street Redevelopment Area

The Hamburg area of Pennsylvania was first settled in 1752.  Hamburg has played an important part in the history of Berks County. However,  the area suffers from a range of serious problems. These problems have developed over time due to inadequate planning of street and lot layout, building design and arrangement.  Poor planning, changing community needs, economic factors and ordinary neighborhood evolution have contributed to the current problem of economically and socially undesirable land uses.  In addition these factors have led to unsafe, unsanitary, inadequate conditions in the Borough of Hamburg.

Under the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Law, a planning commission can certify an area as blighted and in need of redevelopment. In 2005, the Hamburg Planing Commission began working with the Berks County Redevelopment Authority to establish a redevelopment area in accordance with the Urban Redevelopment Law of 1945, as amended. The process was completed in May of 2007 with a formal approval of the Second Street Redevelopment Area by the Borough Council.  
The Hamburg Redevelopment Area contains commercial, industrial and residential buildings and structures served by a patchwork of streets and alleys.  The area is bordered by State Route 61 and the Schuylkill River to the west, Island Street to the north along Peach Alley to the east, and along the property of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society to the South.
The Second Street Redevelopment Area was created to thoughtfully address the identified problems.This will be done by completing the following goals. 


1. Establish a pedestrian promenade along the railroad right of way between State Street and Grand Street.  Provide a public parking area adjacent to the promenade.

  • Properties for the promenade are being appraised
  • Olsen Design Group working on draft design of promenade
  • Discussions held concerning possible Pennsylvania Departmentof Community and Natural Resources funding for the promenade   

2.  Create a Site for a professional office building.

  • Sites for an office building have been discussed.

3.  Extend Grand Street to Route 61 to allow commercial development along the corridor.

  • Highway occupancy permit second round of comments submitted to Penn Dot
  • The Redevelopment Authority is working to acquire land necessary for Grand Street Extension.
  • $1.8 Million in Federal Highway funds for Grand Street Phase II approved by RATS 

4.  Renovate and improve housing stock.

  • Hamburg Housing Rehabilitation Program currently being implemented

5.  Provide assistance to Reading Company Technical & Historical Society with renovations to former PA Steel Foundry to hasten opening of Railroad Museum.

  • Olsen Design Group has completed survey of structures on railroad museum site
  •  Railroad Museum has opened for business
  • The Authority is working with the museum to connect future visitors center via proposed promenade to the railroad museum.

6.  Create Sites for development along Front Street

  • No progress on this goal.

7.  Lower hump in State Street.

  • Hump reduction part of the promenade plan.

8.  Establish a parking area between State Street and Schuylkill Avenue near the State Street Bridge.  Provide for the establishment of visitors center in the same area.

  • Authority working with one property owner concerning sale of property to Hamburg.

For more information, contact Dave Hummel at 610-478-6325.

This page updated August 5, 2008.