ATHENS, Pa. (WETM) – Guthrie is in the process of purchasing the former Kmart building in Athens Township, with plans to renovate the space and relocate a number of clinical services to that location, according to officials at Guthrie.
Sayre Borough Council unanimously granted the project approval for its medical campus zoning use variance with the condition that its exit be moved from Bradford Street to North Elmer Avenue, where the entrance is already planned, according to The Daily Review.
A unanimous vote for a traffic study on Bradford Street followed.
Travis Vogell, the project manager with the Guthrie Construction Department, told The Daily Review that the facility would encompass 15,200 square feet with a fenced-in play area and sidewalks.
“With bus traffic and other parent traffic, it was decided it would be easier to go in one side and out the other side,” said Vogell. “There were three or four different layouts that we looked at. This layout was decided because the exit we are referring to on Bradford Street is almost dead center on the property, not too close on one end, and from that location you had a decent view down the road to the right. If you went down the road, it would be tougher to see traffic coming.”
Guthrie says the project is not connected to another project to build a childhood learning center on North Elmer Ave. in Sayre, which is in its early planning stages.
With the recent news of Guthrie’s purchase of the Kmart building, we understand there may be confusion between these two projects. To clarify, the Kmart building will not be utilized as a childhood learning center. Instead, that space will house clinical services with high volumes of out-patients who will benefit from centralized services and which will help ease parking concerns on the Sayre campus.
We look forward to making a formal announcement about both of these projects in the coming weeks and will have more information to share as plans continue to develop.Guthrie Health
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