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Work On Proposed Hotel To Begin In Downtown W-B

June 9, 2018

Work on a proposed hotel and conference center in downtown Wilkes-Barre is slated to begin.

Crews have started putting up fencing around the construction area at South Main and Northampton streets for the upcoming demolition of two buildings, said attorney Jack Dean, who represents the developers.

“Things are moving forward,” Dean said.

City officials announced in February the developers would try to incorporate the facades of the existing buildings into the hotel design.

The developers, Hitesh Patel and Suresh Patel, announced plans in 2015 to build a 10-story to 12-story hotel with 100 rooms, retail space and 17,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space.

Negotiations fell through to acquire another property at 67 S. Main St. to be included in the complex, but the developers vowed to proceed and build around it if necessary.

Michaelene Coffee, who ran a dress shop at 67 S. Main St., a property owned by her mother, moved into her Scranton store several years ago after the city condemned nearby buildings for safety concerns. Those buildings have already been demolished.

Coffee on Thursday said she likely will move her store back to the Wilkes-Barre location in the summer.

— BOB KALINOWSKI