Downtown in the News

Geisinger opening new clinic in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i May 15th 2020

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice New developments are coming to Midtown Village in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger has signed a long-term lease agreement to construct a clinic for seniors at the site of the closed Katana restaurant and other vacant space in Midtown Village in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the property owner said. Sandy Insalaco Jr., partner…Read More→

‘Economic emergency’ looms as downtown WB businesses face closure amid shutdown

i Apr 20th 2020

By Roger DuPuis and Kevin Carroll, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on small businesses nationwide, and many in downtown Wilkes-Barre are at risk of closure within months, the responses to a new survey reveal. Of the 14 downtown Wilkes-Barre businesses participating in the survey, 64% indicated that…Read More→

COVID-19 devastates area businesses

i Apr 15th 2020

By Joe Sylvester, Northeastern PA Business Journal When John Maday was walking along Public Square in Wilkes-Barre on a Wednesday morning in late March, he was one of the few people there. Maday, president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, is used to seeing the square, and downtown, filled with traffic and pedestrians on any…Read More→

Business: NEPA Alliance offers loan assistance; Newman rallies for downtown WB

i Mar 17th 2020

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance on Tuesday said the organization is committed to working with regional small businesses and non-profits during the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. NEPA Alliance is working with state and federal agencies to offer loan assistance programs to Northeastern Pennsylvania businesses…Read More→

Downtown business group hears benefits of THINK Center

i Mar 6th 2020

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — When a billionaire like Warren Buffett speaks, people tend to listen —and they should. When Buffett released his annual letter to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders two weeks ago, Wilkes-Barre was prominently mentioned. At Friday’s gathering of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association at the Wilkes-Barre Connect’s THINK Center,…Read More→

Developer plans to convert downtown Wilkes-Barre building into apartments

i Feb 12th 2020

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — A New Jersey developer purchased the 10-story Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald law building and plans to convert it to apartments or condominiums and possibly commercial and office space, the realtor who closed the sale Friday confirmed. Jeff Algatt, the senior vice president for Colliers International, said he…Read More→

Institute Insights: Downtown Wilkes-Barre is heart of the region. Just see for yourself.

i Feb 9th 2020

Susan Magnotta for the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader February is Heart Health Month and a perfect time to focus on having a healthy heart, for it can be a strong determinant of our overall physical health. The same can be said of downtowns – for they are the heart of a city – and their health…Read More→

W-B mayor shares plans with downtown group

i Feb 8th 2020

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Mayor George Brown shared his plans for the city with members of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and answered their questions Friday at City Hall. Since finalizing a new budget he expects city council to adopt on a final reading Thursday, Brown said he’s focused on a…Read More→

Gold Medal Bistro to open in W-B mansion

i Feb 7th 2020

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The new Gold Medal Bistro will open in the historic Mary Stegmaier Mansion in downtown Wilkes-Barre for Valentine’s weekend and it will feature a popular chef. David Ciminelli, the former chef and owner of the popular AuRants in Duryea that closed in 2017, will be the new…Read More→

Thomas C. Thomas building being modernized into new complex

i Jan 9th 2020

By: Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The Thomas C. Thomas buildings on East Union Street and Pennsylvania Avenue are being converted into a new retail and office development called the “Union Street Complex.” Wilkes-Barre Realty LLC purchased the building at 64 Union St. for $399,000 and building at 90 E. Union St. for…Read More→