Council OKs razing of old bus terminal

A new commercial/retail store is going to spring up at the corner of East Third and Mulberry streets soon.

City Council Thursday night unanimously approved demolition of 52 E. Third St., the building that once was Susquehanna Trailways.

Jennifer Locey, with Chartwell Hotels, was on hand at the meeting. It’s a vacant structure that had been leased out and will be razed and built anew, according to Locey.

The intention is to put a commercial facility on this ground, said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

Locey did not disclose the proposed business. The building is in the eastern part of the Central Business District.

In other action, council unanimously approved a resolution to accept $117,200 in natural gas impact fee funds from Lycoming County toward engineering costs by Larson Design Group to design additional reconstruction on Reach Road and the industrial park corridor.

Council President Bill Hall made sure the request was put on the fast track for this week’s agenda.

Council Vice President Jonathan Williamson said John Grado, city engineer and director of economic and community development is leading efforts for securing the remainder of the construction funds for all phases of Reach Road to be completed by next year.

Williamson thanked the commissioners who he said are being careful on how their natural gas impact fees are being spent.

He noted discussion is ongoing between the city and county on finding more money for the construction phase.

“I have since 2008 made repairing Reach Road a priority,” Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said. “We got the first half completed and now are completing the other half to retain jobs and grow our economic base,” he said.

Council was briefed on Arch Street reconstruction and paving, told that job by a contractor working on behalf of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, should be completed in a couple of weeks.