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An artist's conception of the new Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts building being erected at East Third and Polk Street. An artist's conception of the new Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts building being erected at East Third and Polk Street.
PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Carolyn Facchiano attended her first meeting as a member of the Historic Conservation District board. PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Carolyn Facchiano attended her first meeting as a member of the Historic Conservation District board.

Bethlehem: Charter Arts gets glass canopy

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts' Executive Director Diane LaBelle received a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Conservation District board July 21 approving LaBelle's choice of glass panels for a canopy at the new building currently under construction.

The 87,000-square-foot, three-story building is being built at East Third and Polk streets in South Bethlehem. The double-paned glass panels will be used for the canopy instead of the pre-cast concrete called for in previous plans.

LaBelle said she plans to start the 2015 school year in the new building. Morris Black Designs of Allentown will do cabinetry for the new school, which will open as the official new campus, replacing the current location less than a half-mile away at 675 East Broad St.

In other business, the Holy Family Manor at 1200 Spring Street got the Historic Conservation District's recommendation for the new 650 kilowatt generator to replace two smaller units. The generator has already been installed, a fact that board member Craig Evans questioned.

According to Director of Maintenance Kevin Carl, the permit had been issued by city hall due to a clerical error, but he realized that the facility needed a certificate of appropriateness.

A recent hurricane made it clear to Carl that an upgrade in generator power was necessary. "We were two hours away from evacuating during Hurricane Sandy," said Carl to the historic review board members.

Part of the nursing and rehabilitation center occupies the former home of former Bethlehem Steel Chairman Eugene Grace.

Shankara Vegan Restaurant and Organic Juice Bar owner Wendy Landiak got a recommendation for a certificate of appropriateness for a new sign for her restaurant at 201 East Third St.

Lastly, new board member Carolyn Facchiano attended her first meeting. Her appointment had been pending for about one year.