WEST PITTSTON — West Pittston Mayor Tony Denisco said he is expecting development activity at the flood-damaged Wyoming Avenue property that had been occupied by Antonio’s Pizza.
Wyoming Avenue LLC, a Florida-based entity managed by John and Jean Mulhall, recently sold the building to borough resident Judith Barone for $160,000.
Barone could not be reached for comment on her plans for the site.
Denisco said he recently spoke to Barone’s son, Charles, who indicated the family was exploring several potential development prospects for the 0.34-acre parcel.
“He said he’s going to make me proud of the corner lot. I’ve known the Barone family all my life and have a lot of respect for them. Whatever they choose for the site, they will do a class-A job,” Denisco said.
The site is of particular interest because it’s at a busy intersection, the mayor said.
“It’s right in the heart of town,” he said.
Antonio’s Pizza vacated the leased building after it was damaged by 7 feet of water during record September 2011 Susquehanna River flooding. The building was gutted and secured.
Francesca Carannante, who is listed as the owner of Antonio’s in state corporation records, could not be reached for comment on several attempts.
While cleaning up after the flood, Carannante told a reporter she was thankful the business had another pizza establishment near the Eighth Street Bridge in Wyoming. However, the Wyoming property, also leased, was destroyed by a fire in April 2012. The property owners have built a replacement structure, but Antonio’s isn’t reopening there.
Denisco said he heard Antonio’s may be opening a new establishment in the strip mall connected to Gerrity’s Grocery Store in West Pittston but has not been officially notified of those plans.
Several flood-damaged borough businesses have reopened, but Denisco said full recovery will take time.
“In the long run, West Pittston’s going to come out again. We’re getting there one day at a time,” he said.