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Old 04-28-2011, 05:24 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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Default What should replace The Hotel Sterling in downtown Wilkes-Barre?

Well it looks pretty likely that the old hotel will be torn down. So, if YOU got to be developer of that sight what would you like to see built on that key lot? What do you think would have the most beneficial impact for the Wyoming Valley. As I stated before in other post, I'd personally love to see what I would call "The Wyoming Valley Marketplace"...an urban, indoor, yearound farmers market similar to Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philly http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/. I think this would have a massive, positive effect on downtown W-B and the valley. If the downtown wants people to live there full time, they really need a market with produce, butchers, fish mongors etc. The one in Philly features food vendors from all over the world, spice vendors, arts and crafts, candles, fresh flowers, even a raw oyster bar and pub in house. there is a central court with tables where you can sit and eat lunch, I'd like the one in W-B to offer outdoor seating around the perimeter of the building (especially the River St side facing the River Common, and maybe even a small playground area for kids). The location is awesome and centrally located between King's and Wilkes colleges, right in the heart of the office building area, across the street from the River Common and a block and a half from Public Square. I personally like THIS idea because unlike another hotel, or another condo project or office building (which only impacts a small group of people that use those entities) this would be open to the public and serve everybody. What are you thoughts Wyoming Valley residents and non residents? What are some awesome ideas for that spot? What have you seen in other cities that you think would work well here?

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Old 04-28-2011, 05:35 AM
 
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I love that idea WBP. Another thing or two is local interest museums dedicated to coal mining, the Susquehanna River and it's impact on the area, and the area's role in the Pennamite Wars.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:46 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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I love that idea WBP. Another thing or two is local interest museums dedicated to coal mining, the Susquehanna River and it's impact on the area, and the area's role in the Pennamite Wars.
Yeah it is a shame and embarrassment that there is no "decent" museum for the valley. We have such a rich and old history? Did you know that the original fort town that was Wilkes-Barre was burned down twice by the british during the revolutionary war? I read that somewhere. Wilkes-Barre is one of the oldest settlements in our region as well as other towns like Forty-Fort. There is so much history even prior to the coal boom days that is literally forgotten. It is embarrassing that there isn't a respectable museum to commemorate our rich history.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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WBP, that sounds like a great idea....unfortunately the site will probably become another Rite Aid or Burger King.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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WBP, that sounds like a great idea....unfortunately the site will probably become another Rite Aid or Burger King.
Sad but true...or a bank branch. Of course our honorable leadership will try to spin it as a success..."we took an old dilapidated building, and put it back on the tax roles!!! Vote for me! Vote for me!...anyway, it's nice to dream.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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If you tear it down, what else can you put in there besides a bank or Wendy's? Parking would be an issue.

I would like to see a Reading Terminal Market, science center, museum, or dave and busters, but for all of those places, where would people park?
I guess you could build a structure that has a parking deck below it, but I just can't see someone investing that amount of money in WB.
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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If you tear it down, what else can you put in there besides a bank or Wendy's? Parking would be an issue.

I would like to see a Reading Terminal Market, science center, museum, or dave and busters, but for all of those places, where would people park?
I guess you could build a structure that has a parking deck below it, but I just can't see someone investing that amount of money in WB.
I envision the whole lot being a small parkade with the ground level being the actual marketplace with the parkade being on top. This not only would allow enough space for a decent sized marketplace but would serve a dual purpose as extra downtown parking and sorely needed parking for the River Common across the street which currently doesn't have it's own parking area.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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We ARE so rich in History that a museum would be a wonderful and long overdue adition to the social and cultural offerings of Wilkes-Barre.
I agree that the focus should be coal mining. I would hope that the museum would be not only for children or for adults, but intellectually accessible to all.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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WBP, that sounds like a great idea....unfortunately the site will probably become another Rite Aid or Burger King.
Yep. They'll take a lesson from the Downtown redevelopment handbook of Pittston!
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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If I were to be developer of the site I would build an exact replica of the Hotel Sterling.
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