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Cheronis, King, mum on details

Ed. center, waste treatment plant

September 14, 2010
The principals involved in two projects designed to bring two new business developments to the City of Warren say they cannot talk about the projects until they are moved further along. In August, GRO-Warren executive director Chris Cheronis and Kerry Gern, of the Pennsylvania Alliance, told U.S. Sen. Bob Casey about plans to build a multi-story building for higher education and a waste water treatment plant within the city’s limits. The “Center for Advanced Education” would be built in the vacant lot at the southeastern corner of the intersection of Liberty St. and Pennsylvania Ave. The waste water treatment plant, which would deal primarily with brine water from Marcellus Shale well drilling, would be located somewhere on Warren’s west side. During the briefing with Casey, who was in town to tour the city’s Streetscape Project, Cheronis referred to the educational center as “absolutely the hub” of downtown development. Cheronis told Casey that the new building would house classrooms for curriculum for two universities, along with additional educational components. Additional learning labs and classrooms would be housed in the former Loranger building on Clark St. and at a third location on the city’s west side. When pressed for details on the education center on Monday, Cheronis said, “We are moving forward with that facility. We have plans for development that are underway.” Cheronis added that the developers are looking for funding support for the project and “until we finalize financing, we really cannot disclose the participants involved.” On Monday, Tim King, with the Pennsylvania Alliance and Kinzua Development Associates, said that both projects — the education center and waste water treatment plant — are private real estate transactions and deals. “At this time,” King said, “both parties are under non-disclosure agreements. Until the projects move to the next stage, we simply cannot speak of the projects.” King added that no public money was involved in either of the projects.


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