New Geisinger Clinic moves one step closer

LOCK HAVEN — Geisinger’s newest clinic is getting a step closer to reality.

Preliminary plans for the clinic, which will be located at the intersection of Fourth and Spring streets, have been reviewed favorably by the city and county.

“The site plan has been reviewed by the planning commission and also the city engineer for storm water management,” Lock Haven City Manager Gregory Wilson said during city council’s last meeting. “The location of the building is almost dictated by the infrastructure that’s underneath the ground there including storm water management.”

Wilson also gave an update on Geisinger’s permit progress.

“The city issued a $24,565 building permit this past week for the parcel. They are moving ahead now that they have all the planning commission approvals,” he said.

A portion of the $24,565 will go to the city and a large amount will be put towards review and inspection fees, Wilson said.

The land development plans, created by Larson Design Group, were also sent to the Clinton County Planning Commission, who offered favorable review.

During the planning comission’s previous meeting, they discussed large storm water problems that once existed at the site, County Planning Director Katie de Silva said.

“(The problems) probably have been corrected and will not affect this project,” she said.

Also discussed was a possible issue of increased traffic volume in the area, she said.

“Ultimately, a motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved to send a favorable review to the city, with the proviso that the post-construction stormwater management design be carefully reviewed by the city engineer with past flooding issues in mind,” de Silva said.

The planning commission also requested Geisinger contact county GIS director Jim Watson to obtain and address with possible suite numbers for the property, she said.

Geisinger has not determined a ground breaking date as of yet, according to Geisinger Media Representative Marc Stempka.

“Geisinger continues to work on securing the proper permits for our new clinic location in Lock Haven,” he said. “We don’t yet have a date set for a groundbreaking or when construction will be complete.”

Coleman Gregory, of Larson Design Group, hopes to break ground in July if all permits are in hand by then, de Silva said.

The new two story clinic will consist of a walk-in urgent care center, adult and pediatric primary care offices and imaging and lab services, Stempka said.

“It will also house physical and occupational therapy, as well as a specialty clinic with dermatology, cardiology, gastoenterology, surgery and women’s health services,” Stempka said.

The new location is part of Geisinger and Highmark’s joint investment of $100 million to improve care and access to patients throughout the region and has been in the works since mid-2018.