New plans for former Lackawanna County hospital

BLAKELY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A landmark building in Lackawanna County will soon have a new purpose. Blakely Borough officials will turn the former Mid-Valley Hospital into a community center.

Back in 1912, the Mid-Valley Hospital in Blakey opened its doors to the community. After serving the community for many years, the hospital closed in 2014. All that remained was a small walk-in clinic that moved in February, leaving behind a vacant building.

“It’s an iconic property in town, the center of town, everybody knows it, knows somebody that worked that or that was born there,” said Blakely Borough Manager Christopher Paone.

But borough officials in Blakely knew the former hospital building was a landmark to the area, something worth saving.

“We don’t wanna see it gone, the original cornerstone is still there and we want to incorporate that into the new building in some way, just to keep the essence of it alive,” Paone explained.

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After negotiations with Commonwealth Health, a deal was struck and the borough will officially purchase the remaining space of the building

“We do want to put a gymnasium in the original area where the hospital stood before Commonwealth tore it down a few years back, and we’d like to partner with the senior center, possibly have some senior activities there, birthday parties, basketball leagues,” Paone added.

The residents in Blakey could not be happier, knowing the building would be part of the community with a new purpose.

“They’re preserving it which is important, it really means a lot to the community, and it’s so centrally located, and I look forward to what it’s gonna become,” said Eynon resident Marie George.

“I think it’s a fabulous idea, I’d hate to see that building torn down and I’d love to it utilized by the Blakely borough and taking care of our citizens,” said Enrico Cesarini of Peckville.

As of now, the borough is still in the preliminary planning stages so there is no definitive date on when construction will begin on the building, but the borough officials are excited about the former hospital’s new adventure.

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