Army Corps grants permit for Logan Town Centre construction

After years of work, the final permit has been granted by the Army Corps of Engineers to developer Greg Morris, allowing for construction to begin on Logan Town Centre at the 17th Street Exit of Interstate 99 in Logan Township.
The Centre will be anchored by Boscov’s, Home Depot, and Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
The Pennsylvania Department of Enviornmental Protection granted a permit for the Centre on April 18 and yesterday the Army Corps of Engineers granted a permit.
“I am pleased to play a part in helping this project move forward,” said Congressman Bill Shuster. “As Blair County grows, it is important that we take advantage of every economic opportunity that presents itself. The completion of this project will directly resuly in the creation of thousands of jobs in our community and is a vital part of our economic growth.”
The Centre is expected to be completed next year and will provide more than 1,000 construction jobs.
Morris, one of 25 partners involved in the project, said in a February interview with The Daily Herald, that there is an expected 4,000 permanent jobs that will need filled.
“We are expecting the average salary to be $25,000 per year for employees of Logan Town Centre,” said Morris. “If you multiply that by 4,000 employees, that is $100 million annually in the economy.”
It is estimated Morris and his partners spent $4.3 million to make sure the project would pass the rigors of the inspections.
“There was great cooperation of all parties involved that will allow this project to move ahead immediately,” siad Shuster. “Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife should be commended for their hard work and their efforts to get this project moving ahead quickly so that the community can take advantage of this opportunity. In addition, this project would not have been possible without the work of Senator (Robert) Jubelirer and the great job he did steering this through all of the state agencies.”
Shuster said that Morris and his partners are making a tremendous investment in the community and making great strides in protecting the enviornment.
“The permit approving construction mandates that 70 acres of wetlands originally planned for the development remain untouched and that an additional eight acres of wetlands be created,” said Shuster. “In addition, the permit requires the developer to spend up to $500,000 on stream redevelopment in the community. Again, this is another example of how we can both continue to develop economically and protect the enviornment at the same time.”