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Fish Commission To Open Regional Office In West Pittston Armory

April 25, 2018 GMT

WEST PITTSTON — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has finalized a plan to open a new regional office at the former Pennsylvania Army National Guard armory on Susquehanna Avenue. “It’s a win for West Pittston and a win for the PA Fish and Boat Commission,” state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp., said in a news release. “By repurposing the vacant armory, the Fish and Boat Commission will have a more accessible regional office and add to the continued economic recovery of West Pittston.” The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs decided in 2016 to close the armory, which housed a company of the 109th Infantry Regiment. The building at 1308 Susquehanna Ave. is within an area the Federal Emergency Management Agency says has a 1 percent annual risk for flooding. Norm Gavlick, the seventh district commissioner for the Fish and Boat Commission, said being located along the riverfront is an asset. “Having a location on the Susquehanna River will give the PFBC greater access and oversight to one of the largest waterways in the Commonwealth,” Gavlick said. The current office is located on Main Road in rural Sweet Valley. The office serves the counties of Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming. State Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-120, Kingston, said the new location will be “a good resource for local anglers and boaters.” The two-story building was built in 1959 and sits on a 3.33-acre parcel of land. It has a finished basement, approximately 3,000 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of warehouse space and 5,000 square feet of incidental space. The property will be renovated with $1.2 million in capital budget funds approved by Gov. Tom Wolf. West Pittston Mayor Thomas Blaskiewicz said approval of the new office was “fantastic news” for the borough that was ravaged by flooding in 2011. “It fulfills so many dreams and hopes for the residents of West Pittston, especially the victims of flooding in 2011 who have fought so hard to rebuild their homes and community,” Blaskiewicz said. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission plans to move its regional office to the former Pennsylvania Army National Guard armory on Susquehanna Avenue in West Pittston. The current office is located on Main Road in rural Sweet Valley. The office serves the counties of Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.