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Downtown in the News

Nonprofits big winner at Chamber Challenge in Wilkes-Barre

i Feb 15th 2017

By Brigid Edmunds, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Event meant to showcase city’s offerings WILKES-BARRE — Prominent area residents answered multiple-choice and true-and-false questions Wednesday night. They even participated in a “lightning round.” Audience members, equipped with clappers and noise makers, cheered them on. It was a scene that would have made Steve Harvey proud. And it…Read More→

Customers, business owners laud Al Boscov’s influence on downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Feb 11th 2017

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Saturday’s winter temperatures were greeted with a profound sadness in downtown Wilkes-Barre as area residents arose to the news that businessman Al Boscov had died Friday night at his Reading home at the age of 87. “He was a great man,” said Richard Mikulkay, 59, of Kingston….Read More→

Grant will help promote walking

i Feb 6th 2017

By Mary Therese Biebel, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Michele Shasberger has a dream. In her dream, local folks are boosting their health, shedding weight and beating stress by slipping into some comfortable shoes and stretching their legs. Maybe they’re walking with friends in their neighborhood before work, or with co-workers on their lunch hour. Maybe…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre mayor hopes to make city’s downtown a ‘tourist attraction’

i Feb 4th 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George told the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association on Friday morning that his goal is to make the downtown a “tourist attraction.” “We have to change our strategy to bring people in as tourists and make it a college town,” George said at the meeting…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre mayor wants to bring tourists downtown

i Feb 3rd 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George told the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association this morning that his goal is to make the downtown a “tourist attraction.” “We have to change our strategy to bring people in as tourists and make it a college town,” George said at the meeting at…Read More→

Coal Street extension project pegged at $12 million

i Feb 1st 2017

By Jennifer Learn-Andes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Coal Street extension project city officials are pushing to keep alive is more expansive than paving another 280 feet and will cost an estimated $12 million, according to city Operations Director Butch Frati. The cost and scope of the project are of public interest because Luzerne…Read More→

Attorney for developer says expect to see work on Wilkes-Barre hotel project

i Jan 30th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Demolition is expected to begin soon on the site of the proposed hotel and conference center downtown, an attorney for the developer said. The estimated $28 million project was announced more than a year ago by the city and Sphere International LLC for the corner of West…Read More→

Irem Temple Building has history of celebration, entertainment

i Jan 25th 2017

By Matt Mattei, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Structure has history of bringing community together WILKES-BARRE — As a group of local business people and community leaders works to preserve the architectural treasure commonly referred to as the Irem Temple building on North Franklin Street, conversation is focused on the opportunities a refurbished structure of such grandeur…Read More→

Vacant bank building in downtown Wilkes-Barre still focus of developer

i Jan 20th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — A developer still has his eyes on the former First National Bank building downtown and will discuss his plans for the vacant property on Public Square at next Tuesday’s city council work session. The city continues to advertise the property for sale, however, because no deal has…Read More→

King’s College gets zoning OK for 2 Wilkes-Barre buildings

i Jan 18th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — King’s College received approval Wednesday from the city’s Zoning Hearing Board to proceed with two projects that will expand its downtown campus, including the renovation of an historic church on North Street. “We have some success in sort of taking older buildings, remodeling them and putting them back…Read More→