Downtown destinations planned, under way

A pizza restaurant and arcade, inside what’s being labeled a family entertainment center, is planned in an expansion of the Liberty Arena at Hepburn and West Fourth streets.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he received information this week from Daniel A. Klingerman, CEO and president of The Liberty Group, of his plans to build an addition onto the arena for the family entertainment area.

It would be similar to a facility near the Lycoming Mall that serves pizza and provides a space for youth to play arcade games.

Games for small children and teenagers will complement the existing recreational facility, Campana said.

Secondly, Klingerman told the mayor he will donate the former YMCA’s Discovery Building to a non-profit to exercise a request-for-proposals to other developers for a rebirth to occur at the building at West Fourth and Elmira streets, Campana said.

“The goal is to transform this building into a mixed use commercial/residential one,” the mayor said. “Our vision for an increased destination for consumers continues to grow, and I am pleased.”

Completion of these projects is expected next year.

Meanwhile, across West Fourth Street, developer Herman Logue is renovating a four-story building, with the first floor to become a micro-brewery and restaurant.

Logue remains committed to building a restaurant and bar and renovating upstairs rooms in the building for possible adult-themed games such as simulated golf, and banquet space.

Logue previously said that he wanted to see development by the end of the year.

The developments mean more foot and vehicle traffic, the mayor said. He said he is in negotiation with the Williamsport Parking Authority regarding parking spaces that will be taken as a result of the addition to the arena.

Campana noted that quickly assembled parking lots, often called a bump-up, may be planned in the vicinity of the projects.”