BLAKELY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A new project planned in Lackawanna County’s mid valley could create 250 new jobs.
Developers are looking to build a new wellness center and the plans just got a big boost from the state.
A group of developers wants to create the new facility along Business Route 6 in Blakely. They see a 24-acre site, right across from a Kia dealership and next to the Peckville Assembly of God church, as the perfect location.
It is currently a field of overgrown brush but the land could soon be a one-stop-shop for healthcare services.
Dan Summa and several other developers want to build a 65,000-square foot wellness center at the location.
“It’s about combining primary healthcare with a fitness center in one location. Studies have shown that when you’re able to combine these two together you have better health outcomes for the general population,” Summa said.
For the last year, developers have quietly been working to make sure this site is the right location.
This week, the state awarded them a $2.9 million loan to buy the property, install roads and put in water lines.
The project excites Bob Durkin with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a real clever idea. I think it’s cutting edge for northeastern Pennsylvania to have all these services combined in a single location,” Durkin said.
Located mid-way between Scranton and Carbondale, residents think bringing a wellness center with medical offices and a gym could be successful.
“People from Carbondale and Jermyn and Mayfield, they have limited resources to go someplace. This would be helpful for them,” Mary Ann Mancia of Eynon said.
While developers expect the project to create at least 250 temporary and permanent jobs, economic leaders say it could also help bring other companies to the mid valley.
“This could be the kind of catalyst for additional development up there,” Durkin said.
Developers say their wellness center concept has been proven successful at 26 other locations across the country and the planned facility is the first of its kind in the entire area.
Developers are hoping to break ground for the project at some point this summer.