A hotel that had been home to Wanda’s Deck and Beach Club, the West Shore Hardware Bar and Legends over the last several decades is almost nothing more than a memory.
The former Park Inn by Radisson Harrisburg West is being demolished to make way for a new shopping center, the Beltway Towne Center, on the 15-acre property at 5401 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township.
The hotel held activities like bungee jumping, had outdoor sand volleyball courts, and hosted live concerts as well as hundreds of events and weddings. In 2010, investors attempted to bring a casino to the hotel, but the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said the hotel didn’t have enough rooms to qualify for a license.
The property sits at the junction of Route 581 and across the Carlisle Pike from Gateway Square shopping center.
A real estate listing for the property shows that there will be more than 125,000 square feet of space and that most of it is leased. The listing shows that the main 99,804-square-foot space is leased. The listing does not mention the tenant.
The other 12 spaces will be between 1,700 and 3,500 square feet of space. Four of these spaces are going through the leasing process. The other spaces are still available. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers confirmed that it is opening in the Mechanicsburg area. The fast-food restaurant wouldn’t confirm that exact address but said it plans to open in late 2023.
Brad Rohrbaugh, a real estate agent with Bennett Williams Commercial, said he had no information to share at this time about the future shopping center. Rohrbaugh is one of the agents handling the leasing for the shopping center.
The demolition permit was issued in June to the owner of the property, Pacifica Companies L.L.C.
No land development plans have been issued for the property at this time.