Construction has begun on a new Lightbridge Academy in Upper Macungie Township. The early education child care center is the third in the Lehigh Valley and is under the same ownership as the location in Bethlehem Township.
There is also a location in Bethlehem that opened recently under a different franchise owner.
Lightbridge Academy provides early education and child care to children ages six weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp.
This center, at 249 Cetronia Road in Upper Macungie, will be in the retail portion of the Spring View development, which also calls for more than 400 luxury apartments.
Steve DiNunzio, who owns the Lightbridge franchise with his wife Amy, said they had a good experience with their first franchise in Bethlehem Township and were eager to open a second facility at this location.
“The goal when I got into the franchise was to open more,” DiNunzio said. “One of the things I like about it being a small, family-owned franchise is that you have access to the founder and they were going to help me be successful.
While the center will have a director, Heather Semple, DiNunzio said he plans to continue to be a hands-on boss. He tries to be in his Bethlehem location at least four days a week and once the Upper Macungie location opens, will split his time between the two centers.
He expects to draw families living in the nearby apartments as well as from others who live and work in the area.
Construction of the facility is being handled by the developer, Kushner Realty of Bridgewater, N.J.
The facility is expected to be complete by late fall, early winter.