Highlands At Archbald Already Benefiting Borough

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Nearly two years after the start of construction, a $50 million plan to convert 500 acres into homes in Archbald is already paying off for the borough.

“The increased tax base is the reason we don’t have to raise taxes,” said council President Joe Simon, referring to the 2013 budget.

As the development grows, the tax rate will remain stable, he said, explaining that he anticipates an increase in the borough tax base due to the added homes.

“Once we get some tenants in there, Archbald will be in good shape in the coming years,” he said.

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Businesses On Clarks Summit’s State Street Alive, And Booming Again

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CLARKS SUMMIT – Barry Kaplan still remembers walking down State Street several years ago, stunned at the number of vacant shops on what he calls the borough’s “gatekeeper.”

“I was shocked,” said Mr. Kaplan, one of the owners of Everything Natural, an organic food and natural products store located on State Street for 28 years. “I had never seen anything like it. It just wasn’t a good time for businesses.”

Now when he walks the street, Mr. Kaplan, who also serves as the president of the Abington Business & Professional Association, said he sees packed shops, windows covered in white lettering, and, most important, no vacant stores.

“This is this best business has been on this street in a long, long time,” Mr. Kaplan said. “The atmosphere … everything … it’s back.”

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Mericle Plans To Develop 1,700 Acres Of Commercial Property

A massive development of commercial real estate is under way in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties that will open up approximately 15 million square feet of space and the opportunity to create or retain thousands of new jobs in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services plans to prepare more than 90 sites and build dozens of speculative commercial buildings on about 1,700 acres it owns in 10 business parks in the two counties, Mericle spokesman Jim Cummings said Thursday.

Mr. Cummings said the investment, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, is part of a new initiative called “Ready to Go” that will market the prepared sites for possible manufacturing, distribution, office and medical jobs. The project represents about a decade of work, he said.

The sites range from 1.15 acres to 125 acres and can accommodate companies needing buildings from less than 5,000 square feet to more than 1.4 million square feet. Filling the space will depend on the economy, Mr. Cummings said.

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Carbondale Looks To Grow Businesses

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CARBONDALE, Pa. – Bill Wallis sees the benefit of the city’s facade grant program that has improved the look of town.

“A lot of Main Street shops had the face-lifts and that’s nice,” said the owner of Wallis Furniture. “That’s an attraction for people. The sidewalks and street lamps make it a more pleasant downtown as well.”

The facade program, the new businesses and the increased downtown focus are part of a strategic plan created by the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce in 2002, according to Mayor Justin Taylor.

Mr. Wallis’ family-run business is located on Main Street, where city officials and developers have been focusing an effort to revitalize businesses. He has already noticed an increase in foot traffic in the two months since NHS Health Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania moved in down the street.

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South Scranton Streetscape Facades Refurbished

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Gutheinz Meats Inc. has been a South Scranton staple since 1879, when deliveries were made door-to-door by horse-drawn wagons and orders were cut fresh right off the carriage on the street.

Those days are long gone, but Gutheinz has remained a landmark business on Cedar Avenue.

The building recently got a fresh coat of paint, and its distinctive, decades-old sign was renovated under an improvement program that has refurbished facades of 31 homes and businesses in South Scranton over the past two years.

“It came out nice,” Gutheinz owner Allen Leach said of the upgrade to his building.

The work was part of the Elm Street Revitalization Project of the nonprofit United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Elm Street’s “Design Grant Challenge” provides matching grants to homeowners and businesses as an incentive to invest private money in renovating facades to improve the appearance of the neighborhood, said Elm Street Manager Jill Murrin

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Construction Of Pioneer Plaza In Carbondale Underway

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CARBONDALE, PA – Despite years of delays and false starts, an ambitious hotel and banquet hall development project is rising from a patch of vacant land along Main Street in downtown Carbondale – finally.

Construction crews have been swinging steel beams into place, piecing together the structural skeleton of two floors of the $14 million Pioneer Plaza complex.

“We’re coming along pretty good,” said project developer Daniel Siniawa, owner of Dickson City-based Daniel Siniawa & Associates, whose company transformed Business Route 6 in Lackawanna County into a retail and shopping corridor.

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$75M Development Under Way In Archbald, Lackawanna County

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Construction is well under way on a massive housing development coined “the Highlands at Archbald” spanning nearly 500 acres that officials say has the potential to increase the borough’s population by up to 15 percent.
When all is said and done, developer Ken Powell said between 800 and 1,200 units, ranging from one- and two-story town homes, luxury town homes and single-family dwellings, will be constructed near Valley View schools on Columbus Drive in Archbald. The project, he said, is still in its early stages, with about 15 units built so far. Construction will be ongoing for the next 10 to 15 years.

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