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Monday Update: Delayed Commercial Project To Get Underway At Keystone College

June 18, 2018 GMT

After a nearly yearlong delay, hand-dipped milkshakes and a popular coffee chain may soon come to Keystone College.

The college announced the Keystone Commons commercial development project in July, but compliance issues and regulations kept construction on hold. As the recipient of a $1.5 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, Keystone had to receive government approvals and follow additional regulatory requirements, according to a statement from the school.

Planned for a current parking lot across from the campus’s row of Victorian homes, work on a lighting and sidewalk project farther down College Avenue also delayed construction.

Keystone now expects to break ground by July 16, with the facility expected to open by the start of the spring semester in January.

Original plans called for a Dunkin’ Donuts express coffee shop, but a Starbucks will open instead. Two local Dunkin’ Donuts franchises objected to their local bakery being used for the new store, so plans changed, according to Keystone College officials. The Starbucks will be located within the campus shop, and fresh food items for the coffee shop will be made on campus by Sodexo, Keystone’s dining services provider. The campus shop will feature books, merchandise and convenience items.

Other tenants include national chain restaurant Steak ’n Shake, known for burgers and milkshakes, along with PS Bank and Cawley Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation.

The project will provide additional retail opportunities and tax revenue to the borough of Factoryville.

“It will be a nice complex,” Councilman Charles Wrobel said. “We’re really looking forward to it. ... It will add a lot to our little borough.”

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