Zoning Board Approves Misericordia’s Plan To Buy Payne Printery Building

March 20, 2019

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University can proceed with its plan to buy the Payne Printery building on Route 415, the zoning board ruled Monday.

The university wants to use the building for athletic practices and intramural games, classrooms, faculty offices and medical clinic rooms. The university will probably close on an agreement to buy the 10-acre parcel in about a month, Misericordia Vice President of Finance and Administration Mark Van Etten said after the zoning decision.

Payne Printery is relocating its equipment and printing operations to Lansdale near Philadelphia and is looking for a local office in the Wilkes-Barre area for sales and customer service, President and Chief Executive Officer Brett Gauntlett said.

The company currently has 50 employees, and about 10 will remain locally, Gauntlett said. Others will relocate to Lansdale facility.

Payne Printery and three other printing companies will use the Lansdale facility, Gauntlett said. Payne Printery has been at the Dallas Twp. location since 1989 and installed a 50-kilowatt ground system of solar panels outside the building in 2009. The company started in Plymouth in 1933 and offers high quality, multi-color offset printing, prepress and finishing operations.

The zoning board approved a special exception to allow use of the property for educational purposes. According to a condition of the zoning approval, an easement allowing access on a nearby property to Lake Street can only used for pedestrians and emergencies.

Misericordia will use roughly half of the building, which has more than 40,000 square feet, for athletics and half for clinics and faculty, Van Etten said. The university plans to install a volleyball court and baseball hitting tunnels in the building, he added.

The university’s plan will reduce truck traffic in the area, Gauntlett told the zoning board.

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