WILKES-BARRE — The former Bartikowsky’s Jewelry building in Wilkes-Barre has been closed for more than a year. On Wednesday, we learned it will be part of a $4.5 million expansion project at Wilkes University.
“It’s both at once an investment in academic excellence, and it helps in the city’s efforts to revitalize the downtown,” said Wilkes President Dr. Patrick Leahy.
Most of the $4.5 million will go to renovating the University Center on Main, or UCOM building, into the new Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, making campus life a little easier for business students such as Nicole Clemson.
“My classes are pretty spread out, so I’m excited to have a little bit of a shorter commute and be all in one place where my faculty are, as well as all of my peers,” said Wilkes graduate student Nicole Clemson.