Mullery urges county tourism and visitor’s bureau relocation to White Haven

WHITE HAVEN, March 31 –  Following media reports of Luzerne County Council considering relocation of the county tourism and visitors’ bureau to Wilkes-Barre city’s yet developed Central Railroad Station, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today sent the councilmembers a letter recommending the White Haven Community Library & Visitor Center as an alternate option.

Mullery noted the White Haven property, originally constructed in 1889 as an engine repair shop for the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, has been deemed eligible for inclusion in the National Registry of Historic Buildings and has been dramatically transformed into a viable multi-purpose library and heritage visitor center.

“Additionally, not only does the White Haven Area Community Library and Visitor Center have the space needed for this essential county service, but it is ideally located. The site is two miles from I-80; nine miles from I-81; and five miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. All 3 highways have available signage to attract motorists,” he wrote.

Mullery cited commonwealth data indicating nearly 1 million people visited Hickory Run, Lehigh Gorge, and Nescopeck State Parks over the past two years and said White Haven Borough is considered the entrance community for all three parks.

“The Luzerne County tourism and visitors’ bureau should be where tourists and visitors are, and I cannot think of a better site for the bureau than the White Haven Area Community Library & Visitor Center,” Mullery wrote.

Mullery is asking the Luzerne County Council to give the option their full consideration and is also inviting them for an on-site visit to see the facility.

The full letter is available on the representative’s website, or by clicking here.