By this fall, visitors to Keystone College may finally be able to grab a cheeseburger and a cup of coffee and visit a bank and physical therapist.
After a delay of 18 months, the college expects crews to begin construction of the Keystone Commons development project in January.
“We are pleased the project is finally ready to begin,” college spokesman Fran Calpin said. “We had been waiting for the developer to clear due diligence and financing requirements and, fortunately, that has taken place.”
The retail plaza on College Avenue will include the campus shop, including books, merchandise and a Starbucks; national chain restaurant Steak ‘n Shake, known for burgers and milkshakes; Cawley Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation and a financial institution.
PS Bank had originally planned to be a tenant but has since decided to stay in its current location in Factoryville. Original plans also called for a Dunkin’ Donuts express coffee shop, but the Starbucks will open instead. Two local Dunkin’ Donuts franchises objected to their local bakery being used for the new store, so plans changed.
Construction will last about nine months, with the building scheduled to open in September, Calpin said. The college received a $1.5 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for the project.
Factoryville Mayor Gary Evans said the borough is anxious for the project, which will generate tax revenue, to finally open.
“We’re excited,” he said. “I think the townspeople will gravitate there.”