Bethlehem HARB--Board approves new business signs
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Gail Fly for proposed signage at 523 Main St. during their meeting in city hall room A-109 Feb. 14. The Feb. 7 hearing had been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Gail Fly, owner of Designer Consigner, was approved for a 19.2 inches high by 144 inch wide sign with pink letters highlighted in beige, on a black background surrounded by a beige pinstripe. The color scheme is the same as the Designer Consigner blade sign approved six years ago for another location on Main Street.
Since Fly has plans to install a larger blade sign on the building’s façade than what was used at her previous location, she needs to go again before the board for approval for that. She was advised to bring along a paint chip of the color her landlord intends for repainting the wall around her sign for approval, if there is a color change. 523 Main St. is owned by Mary Ellen Williams.
Evan Blose of FastSigns received approval for a minor modification to a hanging sign previously approved at the January hearing for 574 Main St. His client requested the company’s tag line “Simple, Health, Savings” be added below the “AblePay” logo on the 21-inch high by 36-inch wide panel. AblePay Health is owned by John Fistner.
Philip Roeder, who chairs the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission, discreetly sought opinions on an upcoming project up for review before the BHCC. Without giving an address or details, he sought guidance on how to hold a developer accountable to follow through on promised renovations for an existing building on a lot where there will be new construction. “Tie the COA to the entire project?” asked historic officer George Donovan. Other board members suggested doing just that.
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 (COA) from the board, applicants must wait for city council to vote on it before proceeding.