Scranton, PA Booming

It’s difficult to detect a construction slump from downtown Scranton’s skyline.

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More than $260 million in building development is progressing at projects in Central City and at its fringe, creating work for more than 1,400 people in the building trades.

"It’s incredible," Mayor Chris Doherty said of the biggest development boom in downtown Scranton in decades. "Some days, you walk around the University of Scranton and there’s got to be 200 laborers there. It took a lot of years to get here."

The work includes the $120 million Commonwealth Medical College, more than $100 million at the University of Scranton, the $23 million renovation of the Connell Building and the $4 million headquarters of Tobyhanna Army Depot Federal Credit Union.

"There’s a lot going on in the middle of the Great Recession," said Andrew Skrip, vice president of industrial development at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. "People from out of the area comment on it."

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