“This school is truly different and is a testament to the Lehigh Valley’s dedication to its public. I am honored to have this opportunity to give back to my community and the younger generation,” said Lushis.
About the Kolbe Academy Board of Directors
Kolbe Academy provides an individualized academic program in a safe, compassionate Christ-centered school for high school students in recovery from substance addiction that works to promote life-long recovery and success. Board members are expected to affirm and advance the Academy’s mission; provide leadership, a new perspective, and insight; broaden the base of support; and produce sound business practices and accountability.
About John Lushis
Lushis focuses his practice on real estate, commercial transaction law, and environmental law. He provides counsel on an extensive diversity of transactions including leases, acquisitions and divestitures, tax-exempt and conventional financings, brownfields redevelopment, and an array of commercial agreements. Lushis has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits including Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and St. Luke’s Hospital. He also has been involved in tax increment financing projects including Hamilton Crossings Retail Complex and West Hills Business Center in Lehigh County and public-private partnerships. Over the years, Lushis has also served solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Northampton County New Jobs Corp, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, Northampton County Industrial Development Authority and Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp.
For years, Lushis was heavily involved in the remediation of the former Bethlehem Steel property in South Bethlehem under Pennsylvania’s Act 2 Program. He also serves as environmental counsel to Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, which has played a major role in the redevelopment of the site. More recently, Lushis has been involved with the environmental remediation of the Waterfront Development site along the Lehigh River in Allentown.
Lushis is also registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and his knowledge of intellectual property is a valuable resource for clients who have projects and transactions in the area. He received his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame in 1997, and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 1980.