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PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIERBruce Haines, managing partner of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, addresses HARB with the hotel’s preliminary expansion plans during an informal presentation, before requesting their feedback on the project. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTO BY ED COURRIERBruce Haines, managing partner of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, addresses HARB with the hotel’s preliminary expansion plans during an informal presentation, before requesting their feedback on the project. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

Massage therapy center sign approved

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Healing Hands, represented by business owner Jennifer Burns and Brian Podenbach of Valley Wide Signs & Graphics, was quickly approved by the Historical and Architectural Review Board for installation of a bracket sign on the front of Tiger Hall at the October 4 meeting. Burns, also owns the venerable building at 518 Main St. The certificate of appropriateness was granted with the stipulation that a serif font be used for wording above and below the logo on the oval-shaped sign for the massage therapy center.

After reviewing Selina Hill’s proposal to rehab the front porch at 35 E. Market St., the board told her that if she was replacing damaged areas “in kind,” she will not need approval to proceed. The rotted beadboard of the porch roof is to be replaced with wood of the same type and style and painted to match the rest of the house. Marsha Fritz and others on the board informed Hill that the pitch of the porch roof was too flat for shingles, that a dark gray membrane roof would be a better choice especially for the box gutter in front.

The concrete porch of the house Selina and Fikaputera Hill own, is in good shape, but some of the slate inlays are beginning to deteriorate, causing a tripping hazard. Instead of the proposed demolition of the entire porch deck, chairman Fred Bonsall suggested replacing all of the slate with bluestone which is close in color and appearance to slate, but more durable and slip resistant. Larger pieces would lessen any tripping hazard. Vice chair Philip Roeder said, “I envision the piece that will be for the step as one long narrow piece.”

If the Hills choose to have the bluestone installed instead of replacing just the damaged slate, they will need to return next month with samples of the new materials.

Before adjournment, Bruce Haines, managing partner of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem shared with the board news on recent developments of the hotel’s proposed major expansion project. Mayor Donchez had recently recommended the project go before the CRIZ board for consideration, according to Haines. If chosen, the hotel can begin tearing down the modern style parking garage at the rear of the property and replace it with a larger capacity garage, as well as 14 new event spaces and 73 additional rooms and suites above it. A skywalk would connect the two buildings at the third floor in back of the hotel. HARB members were impressed with the design of the addition which mimicked the historic hotel in style, color and brick façade construction.

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.