More development coming along Golden Strip

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette The new dental office under construction on the Golden Strip in Loyalsock Township.

Howard Dean is hardly done with developing properties in Lycoming County, especially in and around the T.J. Maxx Plaza off Loyalsock Township’s Golden Strip.

By the end of the year, he fully expects his latest building project to be completed in the 1800 block area of East Third Street.

Many motorists traveling the busy corridor of late likely have taken notice of building construction there.

Williamsport Dental & Dentures is expected to open in February, according to David Pennington, a partner in the business.

“We are a general dental office with a focus on dentures and implants,” he said.

He said services will include an on-site lab where dentures can be turned out in a single day.

Pennington, of Amherst, New York, said Williamsport is an under-served area for such services.

“It’s going to improve that whole piece of property,” Dean said.

For quite some time, the property located just west of Ichiban restaurant had been occupied by an empty building.

In recent months, construction of the dental business site has been under way, with Master Contractors doing the work.

“The shell is done,” Dean said.

Dean and his development company, H. Dean Properties, are not stopping there.

Just behind Williamsport Dental & Dentures will be T Mobile, a cellphone company. The site was formerly occupied by Round the World, a coffee shop.

Earlier this year, Moe’s restaurant opened just east of Ichiban.

In the meantime, Dean is searching for tenants for nearby properties formerly occupied by Empire Beauty School and Repeats Clothing.

“Now, we are rebuilding that 10,000-square-foot spot,” he said. “It’s going to be magnificent.”

He pointed to renovations under way at Ichiban.

Dean, developer of T.J. Maxx Plaza just south of those properties, continues to be excited about the Williamsport area market.

The plaza, he noted, has just three vacancies.

He points to businesses such as PetSmart, which he said are doing well in the shopping center.

Over the years, he worked to keep the plaza looking attractive with flowers and statues greeting customers of the busy area.

For too long, however, the area around Ichiban has been, in his own words, “an eyesore,” and he’s happy that it’s finally going to have new life.

Dean has been involved in local business development in and around Williamsport for many years, including work with his father, who brought the former Big N store to the Loyal Plaza shopping center.