Medical project secures $1.76 million loan to St. Luke’s to create 35 jobs and retain 8 positions – Times News Online

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Published on August 06, 2022 at 09:33

Renovations are underway at a medical facility at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Jim Thorpe.

Joe Bennett of Bennett Family Properties said the property at 1122 North St. housed both Dean Anthony’s banquet hall and St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates of Carbon County. According to Carbon County Courthouse deed records, Jerome J. Citro Jr. sold Dean Anthony’s property to Jim Thorpe Site LLC for $560,000 last year.

“We’re looking to put multiple departments in this building, with nephrology being one of them again,” Bennett said. “It will be a beautiful building for St. Luke’s with a brick facade and nearly 9,000 square feet of space.”

So far, Nephrology and Family Medicine are confirmed for the facility, with the total project cost estimated at $3.52 million.

Bennett’s Jim Thorpe Site LLC, through the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation, has received approval for a $1.76 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority over 15 years at a rate of 2.5% interest to acquire and renovate the 8,400 square foot building.

St. Luke’s, according to a press release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office, has pledged to create 35 new full-time jobs and retain eight positions within three years.

Bennett said the target date for having doctors is Nov. 1.

Like any ongoing construction project, he added, supply chain issues have played a role in how quickly construction is progressing.

“We’re thrilled that we got to start,” Bennett said. “We’ve stripped down the interior at the moment and are starting to nail down some of the walls. We also demolished some buildings on the right side towards the ice cream shop. They were on stilts and one was a cooler room for Dean Anthony.

While St. Luke is still working on other services that will be available in the building, Bennett said different specialties may work there on different days.

“What’s happening is doctors are going from facility to facility, so you could have a cardiologist who was in Bethlehem yesterday and today they’re at Jim Thorpe,” Bennett said. “You could have cardiology on Thursday, nephrology on Wednesday and Friday, and other specialties for the other days of the week.”

Engineers representing Bennett and Jim Thorpe Borough work together to chop up the finer parts of the project, such as stormwater management. A proposed one-way driveway around the rear of the building adds an impermeable area to the property, but Bennett said work is underway to mitigate this.

“We need to make it permeable where the water will flow and not increase the amount that comes out of the property,” he said.

Borough Council Chairman Greg Strubinger said the area has historically been a hotspot for water during big storms.

“We definitely don’t want to see a lot more runoff added to this area,” Strubinger said. “It’s nice that they have new methods of doing things to keep the runoff on the site.”

Work is progressing at the property at 1122 North St. in Jim Thorpe. The building will be used as a medical facility for St. Luke’s University Health Network. JAMES LOGUE JR./SPECIAL AT THE TIMES NEWS

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