Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
press photo by ed courrierJulian Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Popcorn, requests approval for signage on the interior storm door for 530 Main St. Connie Postupack suggested the catchy “Come in We’re Poppin’” for the sign. Copyright - © Ed Courrier press photo by ed courrierJulian Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Popcorn, requests approval for signage on the interior storm door for 530 Main St. Connie Postupack suggested the catchy “Come in We’re Poppin’” for the sign. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

Things get poppin’ at HARB meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Julian Sghiatti for proposed signage on a storm door that had been previously installed during their meeting in the Rotunda March 14. Inclement weather had caused the cancellation of the March 7 hearing.

Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Popcorn at 530 Main St., also welcomed some free marketing advice from board member Connie Postupack, when she suggested changing the wording from “Come in Open” to “Come in We’re Poppin’.” The business hours would be posted on the storm door, too. The board easily convinced Sghiatti to change the blue lettering on the glass to off-white to make them more visible. The door is designed for the top glass panel to drop into the glass panel below to allow the smell of freshly popped popcorn to blow out through a screen into the sidewalk area.

Minor revisions to his previously approved awning were approved with the option of scalloped or straight edging, without the need to match the scalloped edging of next-door neighbor Donegal Square’s awning.

The painted brick retail building is owned by Steve Holloman.

Bruce Campbell’s proposal to install a new main roof with GAF Slateline shingles and new gutters at 241 E. Market St. and a green decorative rail for the flat roof on a rear addition was approved by the board. They also endorsed the installation of storm windows with window heads and dentil molding for the addition’s façade with the stipulation that sills would be installed under each window. A new maroon wooden six-panel door was also approved.

A thumbs-up was given to Campbell’s plans for a large three-bay drive-through garage at the back of the property that called for a new GAF Slateline shingle roof, new garage doors on one side and the replacement of the garage doors on the other side with cedar siding.

The circa 1890s house, a former Red Cross office, is owned by Campbell Real Estate.

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.