PITTSTON — In the third week of January, Sal Milazzo was the first person to move into the River’s Edge condominiums on Kennedy Boulevard.
Milazzo moved into the 30-unit building on Jan. 22 and has since fallen in love with his new home. Milazzo, a native of Pittston, recently moved to the unit from his home in San Diego, California.
“It’s been great so far,” Milazzo said. “The views are special and the building is in such a convenient location.”
According to Ben Piccillo of Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group, the building will have four more people move in by the end of the month, and one more resident in March. That would make seven units occupied.
“They all have homes to sell and we really didn’t even start the (advertising) blitz yet,” Piccillo said.
The real estate agent said there will be a mixer or open house in the beginning of April for local officials and residents to check out the progress done on the building.
Milazzo has lived in San Diego for the past several decades, but recently decided it was time to be closer to family and friends. Milazzo married Rosanne (Bantell) in Pittston in 1970. His wife recently passed away, causing him to consider moving back to Pittston.
“Family and friends are the most important thing,” Milazzo said. “I’m seeing friends that I met in pre-(kindergarten).”
In his home in San Diego, Milazzo had view of the San Bernardino mountains. He was happy to see the view he has of the West Side from his third-floor apartment.
“The sunsets are incredible,” he said. “You can see the reflection when there is ice on the river.”
Milazzo was originally told his unit, which is on the third floor and has a two-bedroom plan, would be ready in November of last year. Milazzo sold his house in California then, however, he wasn’t able to move into his new place in Pittston until last month because of construction delays. He spent the in-between time at a hotel.
So far, Milazzo is pleased with how the place has come together. From his view, he can see at least a mile up and down the Susquehanna River, along with a nice view of the mountains. From his balcony, you can see the lights at Anthony “Jake” Sobeski stadium in West Pittston.
Located just a few hundred feet from Main Street, River’s Edge has plenty of amenities nearby, Milazzo said.
“You have Cooper’s on one side, and you can see Main Street,” Milazzo said.
In 2013, city officials broke ground on the $9 million condo project. Grimm Construction in Waymart was the developer. The project was build with a public-private partnership. The city and Redevelopment Authority received grants totaling $4 million for the project.
The original plan for the building was much larger — around six stories with 40 condos. Instead, the four-story building now features 30 condos. Construction is not finished on the building, Milazzo said. One of the reasons for the delay is that new buyers get to customize their living spaces, such as choosing flooring and counter tops. Therefore, the project won’t be completely finished until the entire building is sold.
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