Trestle redesign gets under way
City officials announced at an afternoon press conference Aug. 15 the implementation of a $236,000 study to develop the old Hoover-Mason Trestle at the Bethlehem Steel furnaces into an idyllic walking path connecting the ArtsQuest Steelstacks campus and Sands Casino resort.
Mayor John Callahan, City Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Tony Hanna and Wallace Roberts and Todd architects principle Antonio Fiol-Silva together described the study as the next logical step for the site.
The trestle stretches one-third of a mile and will provide an experience like no other, offering a view from above the aforementioned locations but just below the towering steel structures, the men said. It will offer off-street foot traffic for some 8 million visitors between the two business hubs.
The money for the study, which is expected to be complete as soon as December and include resident input during five open meetings, is provided by the redevelopment authority.
Fiol-Silva said everything, from theme and appearance to what materials and how many elevators will be used in the final product, will be determined during the next four months. The project will be funded with monies from the Tax Incremental Financing District, which reinvests some local property taxes in developing blighted properties.