First Posted: 8/15/2014
PITTSTON TWP. — New retail and professional office space will soon be available outside Pittston.
Ralph Scoda, one of the new owners of the building located at 755 South Township Blvd., and his partners will be converting the now-shuttered Animal Emergency Clinic of the Wyoming Valley. Previously the building had operated as the Staircase Lounge nightclub.
According to public records, on June 25, RCC Commercial Properties LLC, Jenkins Township, and Koreire Holdings LLC, Pittston, purchased the 14,000-square-foot building for $520,200 from East Mountain Enterprises LLC.
Scoda, owner of RCC Commercial Properties LLC, said the property was something he was interested in for a while. When he attended the auction, he decided it was an investment worth taking. Scoda teamed up with Koreire Holdings LLC to develop it.
The idea to turn the building into retail and office space will begin immediately, noting any renovation will be minimal. Scoda said the interior structure has “non-load bearing walls,” which means he can re-allot the space according to the needs of the tenant without major construction to reroute the building’s support structure.
“There is some flexibility there,” he said. “The interior walls can be re-positioned to suit the tenant.”
With ample parking available for about 50 vehicles, Scoda said he would like to start attracting tenants “as soon as possible.” He said many interested parties have expressed interest in the space.
“I do not plan to advertise,” he said. “Right now things are being done word-of-mouth. There has been quite enough interest expressed.”
The building was built in 1994, and was operated as the Staircase Lounge, a night club, until closing in 2005. During this time, nationally known musical groups, such as The Black Eyed Peas, performed there.
In 2007, the Animal Emergency Clinic of Wyoming Valley, moved from Avoca to the Pittston building. The veterinary hospital closed in late 2010, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy for $2.8 million dollars.
In 2013, the Veteran’s Fund of the United States proposed a veteran’s transitional home for the site. Pittston Township supervisors voted the idea down due to zoning constraints.