Medical marijuana dispensary to open soon in historic Harrisburg fire house

June 10th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

A medical marijuana dispensary is on verge of opening in the former Camp Curtin Fire Station in the 2500 block of North Sixth Street in Harrisburg.

And the leader of Historic Harrisburg Association is applauding the work done by owners of the dispensary to preserve some of the historic features of the 1910 building. The building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981, after the city deemed it obsolete as a fire house.

For 30 years, it was home to a popular barbecue joint, Camp Curtin Bar-B-Que Station. The restaurant closed at the end of March, a few months after Harvest of South Central PA won a medical marijuana dispensary license for that location.

Renovation work has been underway since then to prepare the dispensary for its June 18 opening.

Harvest has preserved some historic features of the former fire station, including the facade and its bell tower, and will use business signs that conform to its historical character, according to spokesman Alex Howe.

David Morrison, executive director of Historic Harrisburg Association, said he’s glad to see the old fire station become home to a dispensary, since such a use will likely ensure the building is continuously used and maintained. He said he was especially glad Harvest has preserved the bell tower, which he said had been in danger of collapse or needing to be removed.

Such preservation was not assured. Although the building is historically significant, it’s not located in

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