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New owner plans to convert to all office space

Last updated: July 02. 2014 11:14PM - 1398 Views
By - jsylvester@civitasmedia.com



Most of the storefronts are empty in the Fox Ridge Plaza, which houses a restaurant and formerly housed a nightclub and other businesses. The Plains Township plaza was sold recently for $1.44 million and will be turned into offices.
Most of the storefronts are empty in the Fox Ridge Plaza, which houses a restaurant and formerly housed a nightclub and other businesses. The Plains Township plaza was sold recently for $1.44 million and will be turned into offices.
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PLAINS TWP. — The Fox Ridge Plaza along Route 315 in Plains Township, home to a family restaurant and the former site of an alternative lifestyle night club, recently sold for $1.44 million, according to the deed transfer filed in the Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds office on June 24.


R-Land Co. Inc., owned by Richard D. Roberts of Harveys Lake RD3, sold the 4.46-acre property to NERS Properties II LLC, which will turn the space into offices. Now mostly empty storefronts, the remaining businesses have until the end of August to move, according to one business owner who did not want to be quoted.


Plains Township Zoning Officer Kathy O’Boyle said the township has received no information about the new owner’s plans.


“We have not heard anything from them,” O’Boyle said. “It’s not unusual, until they have new tenants.”


She said the owner would have to seek approval from the township to expand the plaza building.


Twist, an “alternative lifestyle” night club primarily for the gay community, closed on June 21 after 15 years in business.


In a June 3 posting on the club’s Facebook page, Twist’s owners announced the club would look for a new location.


The posting stated, in part, the only reason for the move was the pending sale of the plaza.


“Despite many false rumors, the closing of Twist is due to the sale of Fox Ridge Plaza and the new owners utilizing the whole plaza as offices. Sadly, this is the price paid for progress, nothing more, nothing less,” the posting read.


The club owners said they looked forward to opening again.


“We will keep you informed on Facebook of a future location and date,” the posting stated.


Attempts to reach Twist owner George DuMont, as well as the former and current owners of the plaza, and Joe Mantione, Realtor for the property, were unsuccessful this week.


While most of the seven storefronts remain empty, other tenants in the plaza including the LGBT Center of NEPA, Parsons Family Restaurant and Evolution Pharmacy Services remain open for now.


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