In Search Of Progress, Downtown Wilkes-Barre Evolves

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WILKES-BARRE, PA —In South Main Street’s first block, several storefronts are empty on the east side and recent demolitions on the other side have a dress shop waiting to reopen and a jewelry store working to re-establish itself.

Further down, the building that houses a longtime retailer has been sold and the former Bartikowsky’s building is expected to be soon owned by Wilkes University.

Changes have come to South Main Street — the city’s main retail artery — but sustained progress has remained elusive.

Jim Bellezza, owner of Bell Furniture at 95 S. Main St., purchased the building that houses the Outlet Army Navy Store at 113 S. Main St. for $159,000 on Jan. 3. An empty lot separates the two buildings and Bellezza plans to renovate the building and expand his business.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/news/1112993/In-search-of-progress-Downtown-W-B-evolves

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Demolition Of Downtown Wilkes-Barre Buildings Begins

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WILKES-BARRE — The landscape of the city’s downtown started to change this morning with the demolition of several historic buildings on South Main Street.

Shortly after 10 a.m. crews from Stell Enterprises Inc., of Plains Township, began tearing down the first of four buildings with the hope of saving two other buildings that are home to businesses.

Stell will be paid $194, 861 for the work to raze a cluster of properties , including three owned by the city, at 61, 71, 73 and 75 S. Main St.

Read more: http://timesleader.com/news/local-news/976972/Demolition-of-downtown-buildings-begins

Phillipsburg Police Seek Man In Killing

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Phillipsburg police are looking for a man charged with killing a 22-year-old woman Wednesday night at her Spruce Alley home.

Salim R. Newton of the 500 block of South Main Street in Phillipsburg shot the woman several times, police said. Authorities said Thursday afternoon they were withholding the woman’s identity pending notification to the family.

Newton faces one count of homicide and several weapons charges.

Police have not commented on a motive in the shooting.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-d-phillipsburg-nj-murder-woman-shot-to-death-20130919,0,7690406.story#ixzz2fRv6Iwms
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