An indoor trampoline park is planned in the same building that will house Maximus and C3i in CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park, in Jenkins Twp. Together, the companies will create about 1,000 jobs.
Sky Zone will lease 20,440 square feet at 525 Keystone Ave. from Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services and is scheduled to open in September.
The chain of indoor family entertainment centers has dozens of locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Jeff Bowne, an Allentown resident who is moving to Scranton, will own the local business with his sister Jennifer Crounse and her husband Michael.
Although the site is in Jenkins Twp., the business is named Sky Zone Scranton because it is in that territory, Bowne said.
The Jenkins Twp. facility will feature connecting trampolines in an open court with about 12,500 square feet of jump space as well as two dodgeball courts, a “SkySlam” basketball court, a fitness class called “SkyRobics” and a Foam Zone, he said.
Sky Zone will be available for birthday parties, dodgeball tournaments, fund-raising events, corporate team building and class field trips, he said.
Plans are to hire 65 to 70 people, mostly part-time with five full-time staff members, he said. The business’ Facebook page lists links to apply on Craigslist for the positions of building services/facilities manager and events manager. More information is available at skyzone.com/scranton.
“We think Sky Zone will be a great addition to the local entertainment landscape,” said Mericle Vice President Bob Besecker, who coordinated the project.
Besecker said Sky Zone will occupy a flex building constructed on speculation by Mericle on one of the developer’s “Ready To Go” sites.
“This project demonstrates, perhaps more than any other, how flexible our flex buildings really are,” he said. “Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, office or medical firm, or even an indoor trampoline park, we can customize our flex space to your exact needs.”
Maximus, a company that is a national leader in providing services for government-sponsored health coverage programs, already employs hundreds of workers in the building, Besecker said. Company officials announced plans to employ up to 700 people.
Officials from C3i, which soon will house a help desk operation in the facility, announced plans to hire 256 employees. The company should begin operations in the building in June, Besecker said.
After SkyZone moves in, there will be just about 11,000 square feet remaining to be leased, said Mericle spokesman Jim Cummings.
This story was originally published in The Citizens’ Voice.