When the PennDOT Driver License Center Tasker Street and Columbus Boulevard packed up shop and moved to Whitman in June, it left a large building in a key area of Pennsport just ripe for exciting development.
According to Dr. Jim Moylan of the Pennsport Civic Association, it will become a Lumber Liquidators flooring store. A press release from Soloff Realty and Development provides the terms of the deal.
“Lumber Liquidators signed a 10-year lease valued at more than $1.8 million for the 6,235 sq. ft. freestanding building.”
A permit was issued in July for the property at 1530 S. Columbus Boulevard “for use as a consumer goods (hardwood floor – retail) on existing one story structure.” Crews have been on site performing work on the building’s interior and neighbors report seeing a “tenant obtained” sign on the property.
@Pennsporter Saw a “Tenant Obtained” sign on PennDot building. Any idea who’s coming in?
— John Cruice (@cruicej) August 29, 2014
It’s an interesting development considering the area is full of flooring specialists, with IKEA, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Avalon Flooring all being a few blocks away.
“We are always glad to have a viable active business that can compliment the community instead of an empty eye sore,” Moylan said. “We will work to ensure they are a good neighbor and focus on their community involvement. As always, we don’t want businesses ‘in’ our neighborhood, we want them to be ‘part’ of our neighborhood.”
Soloff Realty expects the business to be open sometime in the late fall.
– James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.