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Pharmacy, Therapy Center Set For Closed Personal Care Home In Nanticoke

April 2, 2019

NANTICOKE — A former personal care home in downtown Nanticoke will see new life as a pharmacy and physical therapy center.

The city’s General Municipal Authority has agreed to sell the former Villa Personal Care Home to FCLN Real Estate LLC for $450,000, according to a real estate consulting firm handling public relations on the project.

Nockley Family Pharmacy, which has locations in Hanover Twp. and Scranton, plans to open its third location at the property.

Cawley Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation plans to use part of the building to relocate and grow its Nanticoke practice. The business has five locations including the Nanticoke facility. The move will allow Cawley to increase available services in Nanticoke by adding an aquatics therapy pool.

Additional retail space will be available.

“Good things are happening,” City Manager Donna Wall said.

The Municipal Authority bought the property at East Main and Walnut streets for $825,000 after the personal care home closed in 2014. The purchase was made through a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania First.

The Municipal Authority voted to sell the property last Monday. The sale is still pending. Proceeds will be used to fund other projects in the downtown.

“We’ve been a quiet partner in Nanticoke’s economic development for a long time and now our efforts are starting to show. We look forward to continuing to support the City of Nanticoke in its revitalization efforts so that the whole community can benefit,” said John Nadolny, chairman of the municipal authority.

The development is the latest in downtown Nanticoke in recent years.

Luzerne County Community College opened its culinary arts center in a new building at Market and Main streets and moved its health and sciences center to the former Kanjorski Center at 38 E. Main St.

Geisinger Health System built a clinic at 128 E. Main St.

On the other side of East Main Street, a $21 million project is planned after existing properties are claimed through the eminent domain process. The proposed five-story property will include dozens of affordable housing units, retail space and a transit hub.

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