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2nd phase details come to light on Old City project

Commercial office space, a health care facility, a rooftop restaurant and living rooftop park are among the planned parts of a second phase of construction for a mixed-use facility called Old City Williamsport along Basin Street and between East Third and East Fourth streets close to Lycoming College.

More details emerged on the estimated $20 million mixed-use development following a groundbreaking hosted last month by Pine Ridge Construction Management Inc., the company developing the project, and Lycoming College.

While it was previously stated the first of two structures will include 12 townhomes and street-level retail, the details about a second phase of construction were not known until it was announced recently by Dr. Kent Trachte, Lycoming College president.

Additionally, Trachte said in a written report to the community that a parking deck will also be constructed on the site.

Moreover, the college and Pine Ridge Construction Management Inc., are establishing two limited liability corporations that will oversee the construction and management of the development, Trachte said.

It has not been established what commercial properties will be in the lower level first stage of development.

The project is considered to be the next significant step in the revitalization of the Old City neighborhood in which the college is located, primarily east of Market Street.

The development, a result of a public-private partnership, was several years in the making and is considered by some City Council members to be a model for the economic development opportunities throughout Williamsport.

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