First Ward Councilman Abdulsalam K. Noman sought an update on the redevelopment of the former Friendship House site, 264 Ridge Road, at Monday’s city council meeting.
“It’s been almost a year since Lackawanna issued a request for proposals to develop the former Friendship House site,” Noman noted. “Has there been any interest? Are we having luck getting businesses down there?”
The five-acre parcel bordered by Wilkes Barre Street and Fairview Avenue was home to the Friendship House since the 1960s. The nonprofit organization sponsored a food pantry, foster-care services and a summer camp. The badly deteriorated building was condemned in 2007 and subsequently demolished.
Director of Development Fred K. Heinle indicated three “separate entities” have stepped forward. He described the interested parties as a supermarket, health facility and senior housing – all taxable.
“Part of our problem is the rest of the street,” Heinle said. “It contains abandoned buildings and troubled properties.”
• Global Concepts Charter School will hold its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium, 1001 Ridge.