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Julian Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn, asks HARB to approve his proposed dark blue awning for 530 Main St. Copyright - © Ed Courrier Julian Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn, asks HARB to approve his proposed dark blue awning for 530 Main St. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
press photos by ed courrier(Right) Talavera Mexican Cuisine owner Jesse DeJesus explains the details of his proposal to install a new awning at 81 W. Broad St. (Left to right) HARB board members, George Donovan, Fred Bonsall, Marsha Fritz, Philip Roeder, Derrick Clark, and Gen Marcon. Copyright - © Ed Courrier press photos by ed courrier(Right) Talavera Mexican Cuisine owner Jesse DeJesus explains the details of his proposal to install a new awning at 81 W. Broad St. (Left to right) HARB board members, George Donovan, Fred Bonsall, Marsha Fritz, Philip Roeder, Derrick Clark, and Gen Marcon. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

Bethlehem HARB--Two buildings to get new awnings

Monday, February 13, 2017 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem’s Historical and Architectural Review Board, with chairman Fred Bonsall, vice chair Philip Roeder, and freshman member Derrick Clark, approved two similar projects at the Feb. 1 hearing in the Rotunda.

Julian Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn at 530 Main St., was granted a certificate of appropriateness to install a dark blue awning using fire-retardant material and repaint the existing trim to match. The building, owned by Steve Holloman, was the former home of Shuze.

In order to protect the decorative trim on the first floor of the façade, the board approved the awning to be attached higher up on the wall than the neighboring building’s awning and it is to be closed on the ends. Since the adjacent awning has a scalloped edge, the same was approved for the new valance. Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn is located next to Donegal Square. Sghiatti is required by the board to show paint and canvas samples to historic officer George Donovan before the certificate gets issued.

HARB easily approved a proposal by Jesse DeJesus to install a new awning over an existing frame from a previous business at 81 W. Broad St. “Talavera Mexican Cuisine” in a serif font and a colorful geometric flower-like logo are to be printed on fire-retardant black fabric. DeJesus recently opened his restaurant in the building owned by Domenic Villani.

Homeowner Johanna Ruest, represented by Dayna Plocus of the Bethlehem Historic District Association, was unanimously approved by the board to install a small plaque in either of two proposed locations on her house at 218 E. Market St. The 10-inch wide oval sign with the year the house was constructed had been previously approved by the board. Ruest will be allowed to attach the plaque either between two first floor shutters at the front of the historic home or near a side door, depending on which location looks best.

The Historical and Architectural Review Board meets the first Wednesday of every month to review all exterior changes proposed to buildings in the Bethlehem Historic District north of the Lehigh River. When a proposed project receives a certificate of appropriateness from the board, applicants must wait for city council to vote on it before proceeding.