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Taco Bell now under construction in Foster Township

Thursday, Sep 03, 2015

Months of talk is over. Construction has started on Taco Bell in Foster Township.

Milling work got underway Wednesday morning, paving the way for the eatery to be another addition in the Bradford Mall's rebirth. The restaurant will be an out-parcel at the right-hand side of the traffic light facing the Walmart entrance.

Belser Hale Excavating of Bradford and Lake Shore Paving of Jamestown, N.Y., removed asphalt - that ended up in some places being 8 inches thick - in a section of the mall parking lot, Belser Hale Excavating co-owner Karl Belser told The Era on Wednesday.

"Stuff is going to start happening here, and it's happening now," he said.

Today, a surveyor will mark the location of catch basins, and an excavator will prepare the ground for the building slab, said construction superintendent Anthony Pipitone of George H. Pastor and Sons of Livonia, Mich., the general contractor.

Looking ahead, Pipitone figures the framing of the building would start the week of Aug. 23. The restaurant is projected to be open around Oct. 25.

There are 10 contractors part of the project, he said.

"The mall parking lot is getting smaller, but I think it's for a good cause," said Belser, who says he is excited to see the Bradford Mall being redeveloped.

In fact, around 30 jobs will be created as a result of the Taco Bell.

The Bradford Mall property has seen other new signs of life over last few years, most recently with Dunham's Sports opening in a section of the former Kmart. The building had been empty for more than 10 years.

Currently, the mall property has Tractor Supply, Dollar Tree, PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Verizon, Label Shopper, Big Lots, Peebles and Dunham's Sports.

Along with the Taco Bell construction, work will start on a four-way intersection along Foster Brook Boulevard and East Main Street. Construction begins today, being kicked off by Bob Cummins Construction Co. of Bradford.

Elsewhere in Foster Township, the new Goodwill along Foster Brook Boulevard is quickly taking form. Goodwill of North Central PA CEO and president Raymond Donati predicts the store being occupied in late September.

"Opening is to be determined by date of occupancy, probably two weeks later," he said.

The relocation of the Goodwill from Davis Street in Bradford to Foster Brook Boulevard in Foster Township could mean the creation of eight to 10 more jobs.

"The space of the new building will increase by a few thousand square feet but most important it will be more efficient in work flow, shopping experience and energy," he previously said.

The new location will also mean better parking, wide aisles and hopefully more shopping choices, Donati said.

"It will also permit more ability to our Mission Services Department to provide job training and education about work and our belief that work is the cornerstone of one's life," he said. "The mission of Goodwill of North Central PA is 'meeting life challenges through opportunity, education, training and work.'"

The building is under contract by Kessel Construction and the landlord is Bradford Properties LP, Donati said.

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