TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Work has started in a busy part of the Poconos to make way for a massive entertainment destination. When developers first announced their plans last April, they promised the $250 million-dollar ‘Pocono Springs’ would resemble ‘Disney Springs’.
Eyewitness News spoke with developers today for an exclusive update on the project.
If you’ve driven through Route 940 in Tobyhanna Township lately, you probably noticed construction near Kalahari Resort.
According to public plans, developers are in the process of creating a temporary access road for ‘Pocono Springs’.
‘Pocono Springs’ will feature a Ripley’s aquarium, entertainment and experiential retail space, themed restaurants with rooftop dining, trolley shuttles, a high-tech light show, and a 2-acre park with a signature show fountain.
Bryan McFarland, the principal developer from Colorado, had this to say while unveiling the plans last April… “Retail today wants to be more experiential and entertainment based, and with a lot of food. And that’s exactly what we’re doing here.”
Eyewitness News spoke over the phone with McFarland again today.
He says more than 60-percent of the space is already ‘committed or engaged in tenant negotiations’. McFarland adds, the access road will help prospective tenants visualize what’s the come.
“Not only will it be good for our guests coming in, but it will be also good for everyone in the Pocono Mountains. We’re really looking forward to working closely with them,” says Chris Barrett, President/CEO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.
Developers and community leaders will come together for a big meeting next week, to discuss project updates.
The goal is to break ground on phase one next summer, with a target opening of spring 2022 or sooner.