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Prep Buys Old AAA North Penn Building

January 9, 2019 GMT

Officials at Scranton Preparatory School are mulling what to do with the new office building the school bought on North Washington Avenue. Prep bought the former AAA North Penn building, 1035 N. Washington Ave., directly behind the main school building, on Dec. 31 for $430,000, according to Lackawanna County property records. The Rev. Ryan J. Maher, S.J., president at Prep, said school officials are taking recommendations and he expects to explore a use for the property later this year. “As you can imagine I’ve gotten literally dozens of suggestions from interested faculty and board members,” he said. People are eager to suggest Prep needs more parking closer to the building, he said chuckling. “I’ll have a better sense in the summer of exactly what we’ll do,” he said. NativityMiguel School of Scranton had entertained the idea of buying the building, but the task of converting it into a school posed a major deterrent, said NativityMiguel President Robert Angeloni. The independent Catholic school is stretched for space where it now teaches students in the lower level of Temple Hesed in the city’s East Mountain neighborhood. In May, AAA bought the former Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet and its 2.75 acres at 941 Viewmont Drive, Dickson City, for $2.65 million. The roadside assistance member organization consolidated two member service centers there, the one from North Washington Avenue and the second from Carbondale. Maher said Prep isn’t crowded, but officials seized the opportunity to scoop up real estate so close to the school because it was available. “We’re not jammed by any means,” he said. “This just gives us more options and more freedom.” Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9131; @jon_oc on Twitter