TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – New development is expected to bring hundreds of jobs in the Poconos. The plan is to create a convenient, one-stop-shop for residents of several counties.
The Parkside Medical Campus includes a micro-hospital and retail space. This project spans 22 acres, on four separate lots.
From empty lots, to shopping spots.
“Whether it be some casual dining, whether it be some restaurant, whether it be some other stores that are medically related,” says John Jablowski, Manager, Tobyhanna Township.
Besides retail space, a micro hospital is also coming to Tobyhanna Township. The concept is to provide a full scale hospital within a smaller size.
“And certainly health care is changing between baby boomers and millennials,” Jablowski adds.
Micro hospitals have beds and offer minor surgeries or procedures. The developer, based in Easton, says he’s still deciding which health care provider will lease the space.
“Right now I’m evaluating who I think would fit best, and I want to work with that group or groups,” says Shawn Langen, President, Langen Development Economics.
Parkside Medical Campus will be located within New Ventures Park, a newly developed area in Blakeslee. Tobyhanna Township’s manager, John Jablowski, hopes this attracts other investment opportunities.
He remarks, “we don’t want to grow to grow, we want to grow thoughtfully and with the future in mind.”
The developer believes this project is unique, because it reaches five counties within a 20-mile radius.
Langen explains, “you’re getting Luzerne, Monroe, Carbon, Lackawanna, and a small part of Wayne.”
Construction is set to start in the springtime and should be complete within 8-10 months.
The developer says this will create more than 300 medical and retail related jobs.