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Friday, May 2, 2008

Lackawana Avenue, Scranton

It reminds me of the implosion on the lower part of Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, back in April of 1992. The difference is these buildings are being gutted and renovated, not blown up.

It’s tough to compare the projects. No one was stepping up with a viable renovation plan 16 years ago. No one had the money. No one had the interest. Some say the buildings were just too far gone to repair. Destruction was the only option.

A developer is trying to do something with the buildings in the 500 block of Lackawanna Avenue– shops, restaurants, apartments, a little park in the back. If it’s everything that’s promised, it will be fantastic. I’m concerned that the plans are a little too upscale for the Scranton market, but then again, I’m not the one putting up the money to get it done.