What was once a grocery store is now transforming into Alvernia University’s new campus in downtown Pottsville with big plans to boost the city’s economy.
POTTSVILLE, PA – Progress Avenue in downtown Pottsville may be a construction zone now, but in a few months it will be home to Alvernia University’s newest expansion: Pottsville CollegeTowne.
A place where adult learners can collaborate with the local community to improve the economy of downtown Pottsville.
“Either we help businesses, our community space is available to the community, our students interact, our faculty interact, the partnerships that come out of that, that’s really the model of the college town,” said John Loyack, president of the ‘Alvernia University.
The $6 million project plans to convert an abandoned grocery store into an educational facility.
This was made possible in part by State Senator David Argall and State Representative Tim Twardzik, who convinced state lawmakers and the governor to provide state funding for Pottsville CollegeTowne .
“We are looking at an investment of more than $3 million here from Pennsylvania to breathe new life into an old town,” added Senator David Argall.
One of Pottsville CollegeTowne’s most unique features is its business incubator, allowing students and would-be entrepreneurs to work together to make their dream business a reality.
“It gives students a chance to learn and others to learn about business and make small mistakes and not go bankrupt for life. They can make a simple mistake, learn from it, and still be ready to launch their business,” explained State Representative Tim Twardzik.
While inflation and supply chain issues have made the construction process difficult, the university still manages to complete this project on time.
“With the supply chain, things change from week to week, so we try to keep communication open with our contractors and the owner, and we do everything we can,” Bobby said. Kerestes, Sordoni Construction project engineer.
Alvernia University officials say Pottsville CollegeTowne will be open by next January, just in time for the spring semester.
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