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Massive Entertainment Complex Project in the Poconos Bringing 3,200 Jobs

04.12.2018

Tobyhanna, PA - A $350 million project in the Poconos was unveiled this week redefining shopping and entertainment in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The massive entertainment complex will create more than 1,200 full-time jobs and 2,000 construction jobs during its first phase. 

 

 

Developers and government officials met with press and supporters for a virtual stroll past what one day will be water fountains and boutiques at what will be called Pocono Springs Entertainment Village.

 

The 175-acre retail and entertainment complex is located about 35 minutes from downtown Scranton. It will be built on the northern edge of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions.

 

Plans show the village will include a movie theater, themed restaurants and an interactive water fountain, as well as a 90,000-square-foot aquarium to be operated by Ripley Entertainment Inc. of Ripley’s Believe It or Not fame.

 

People will be able to enjoy entertainment year-round from live concerts to immersive, high-tech light shows in the grove and in the winter an ice rink. 

 

Construction is set to start next year and will happen in phases. Phase one is expected to be complete in 2021. Developers say a trolley will run between Pocono Springs and the nearby Pocono Manor Resort. Their goal is to eventually have the trolley run regionally.

 

“This is a transformative project for Pennsylvania,” said Tobyhanna Twp. Manager John Jablowski. “This project transforms Northeastern Pennsylvania.”  

 

Colorado-based Alberta Development Partners LLC and JEMB Realty of New York are leading the public-private partnership. They envision an entertainment destination, with 5 million visitors annually, that takes advantage of its location within a three-hour drive of 44 million Americans.

 

The Poconos attract about 26.5 million tourists every year who spend $3.5 billion on skiing, water parks and the Pocono Raceway, among other attractions, said Alberta’s principal Bryan McFarland.

 

“The big idea here is to create an entertainment destination development project, obviously leveraging on the existing tourism traffic here in the Poconos,” he said.

 

The village marks a major shift in Poconos attraction planning.  As Chuck Leonard from Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation says, "This is a continuation of the redevlopment of the Poconos,"

 

“You don’t see this kind of investment anywhere else in the United States,” said Christopher Barrett, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Poconos Mountains Visitors Bureau.

 

BY THE NUMBERS:

 

  • $400 million Anticipated annual statewide economic impact
  • $350 million Cost to complete Pocono Springs phase 1
  • 5 million Anticipated annual visitors
  • 2021 Projected completion
  • 2,000 Temporary construction jobs
  • 1,200 Expected permanent full-time jobs
  • 10 Acres of bicycle and walking trails

 

Watch the videos below on what could potentially be one of the biggest entertainment destinations in North America, planned for Northeastern Pennsylvania!


Watch the Pocono Records Video

 

Watch the PennLive.com Video

 

Watch the PA Homepage Video

 



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