The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

February 26, 2013

Danville Business Association seeing unprecedented activity

DANVILLE — Ted Strosser moved his business from Lewisburg to Danville because he envisions it as a growing area.

In January, he opened Strosser Architecture & Conservation Inc. in the former Brittain Building at 319 Mill St. He purchased the building and is restoring the first floor for offices and plans to restore the second and third floors as a higher-end apartment.

A business owner since 2010 and architect since 1994, Strosser will restore the front of the late Victorian building dating to about 1910.

He’s part of a flurry of activity in Danville — the most Jim Wilson has seen since he’s been executive director of the Danville Business Alliance the past five years.

“We’re poised to see a lot of progress over the next several years,” Wilson said.

Businesses in the downtown have been moving to larger quarters, business owners have been buying buildings and new businesses have relocated here.

“The building was a good investment and Danville is a good community to invest in,” said Strosser who is designing projects in Danville and an area stretching to the New York line, Harrisburg, Hazleton and State College.

“We saw a lot of growth happening here,” said Jason Clapp, Strosser’s project manager.

Strosser has already moved from Milton to an apartment recently renovated by Prudential Hodrick Realty.

Occupying upper floors on Mill Street is one of the business alliance’s major goals, along with filling vacant storefronts, which have become fewer over the last year:

P Old Mill Crafts & Things and Jo’s Just Cruisin’ Travel Agency moved to larger space at 310 Mill St.

P Victoria’s Photography Studio is buying a larger building at 299 Mill St.

P Old Forge Brewing Co. plans to purchase and expand to the former Lemon A’Peel building at 298 Mill St.

P Century 21 Mertz & Associates moved to the former Finn’s building at 216 Mill St.

P Jonesy’s Sub Shack opened at 219 Mill St.

P Chef Willie’s Creamery moved to expanded quarters from Lower Mulberry Street to 252 Mill St. and added soups, sandwiches and burgers to its ice cream fare.

P The former Willie’s location, at 8 L. Mulberry St., has been sold and is being renovated.

P Prudential Hodrick Realty, which relocated from Mahoning Township to Mill Street, renovated four apartments on the first, second and third floors.

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