Smithfield GATEWAY Demolition Kick-off!
1000 Fayette Street NEWS RELEASE
Conshohocken, PA 19428 August 2019
Contact: T.J. Price, firstname.lastname@example.org
Smithfield Gateway Demolition Kickoff Planned
SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Work has started on a massive retail, office, and housing community near East Stroudsburg.
The Smithfield Gateway Project will be a large project of 120 acres that will include 300,000 square feet of retail space, 236 upscale apartments and 100,000 square feet of medical office space. In addition to office, retail and residential, the development will also include much-needed road improvements. Route 209 will be converted from two lanes to five lanes. A loop road will be built that goes through the farm property to Route 447.
“Developing the Route 209 corridor has been attempted for over 25 years. We are proud that our team has made such tremendous progress on developing Smithfield Gateway. It is soon to become a reality” says developer and Managing Partner of DEPG, James DePetris. “The off-site improvements being made to some of the worst roads in northeast Pennsylvania will be over $14 Million. This will benefit the entire community as well as travelers and vacationers who flock to this area yearly. We owe this funding achievements to the strong legislative support received from State Senator Mario Scavello, State Representative Rosemary Brown as well as through the efforts of Pocono Mountain Economic Development Authority.”
The project is expected to bring up to 1,000 new jobs to Smithfield Township.
Several buildings in the area are set to be demolished to make way for the development. In the next few weeks, crews will start demolishing part of the former Mosier's Dairy Farm. Parts of the old farm site will come down and more than 200 apartments, retail, and office space will take its place.
"There's approximately 30 structures that are going to be demolished, Mosier's farm being one of them. Although we are going to save the actual farm building itself, which dates back to the 1850s. We'd like to see about possibly converting it into a farm-to-table restaurant," said development manager Douglas Olmstead.
One of the buildings set to come down is the Dunkin' on Route 209. However, it won't be torn down until the business can find a new location. The chain will eventually move back into the new complex.
"There's going to be a new intersection that's about halfway between the Dairy Queen and the Odd-Lot Outlet, a new fully signalized intersection there. A loop road will meander through the site and end up where the entrance to where the Shawnee Ridge Adult Community is located," Olmstead said.