Bethlehem Press

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bethlehem: Authority awaits armory study

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The National Guard Armory on 301 Prospect Ave. has been setting empty for some time in West Bethlehem.

The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority on May 4 approved a resolution that authorized the authority, which is acting for the City of Bethlehem, to lease the armory and related property with an option to buy.

Not long ago it was the periodic scene of tears as soldiers and their families or girlfriends or boyfriends embraced saying their goodbyes. Now it stands empty.

Old sport or achievement trophies are still on shelves near the front door, gathering dust.

Hotel gift shop may swap venues

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

One of Bethlehem's unique gift stores will get Main Street access if the Historical Architecture Review Board's thumbs up on General Manager Dennis Costello's request to add black awnings, signs and two carriage lights near the two currently unused large bronze doors at the left edge of the historic hotel get approval from City Hall.

Bethlehem HARB: Church will repair some brick work

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Unitarian Universalist Church at Center Street and Wall Street will get some of its bricks replaced to restore the weather integrity of the church.

According to the church's capital projects committee member Phil DePietro, the south wall of the red-brick structure has so many damaged and deteriorated bricks that the timber structure underlying the brick is exposed.

"Some water has penetrated into the building," said DePietro when he brought the issue before the Historic Archetectural Review Board April 2.

Corbett drops the state's appeal News of decision came during rally to protest svoter ID law

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Just as the rally to protest the state's voter ID Law that has been wending its way through the courts was about to get underway, Allentown NAACP executive Linda Renick got the word over her cellphone that Governor Tom Corbett had withdrawn the state's appeal of Pennsylvania's voter ID law.

Bethlehem Community DEvelopment: Karner wants more hands

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem Community and Economic Development Director Alicia Karner on March 26 told the Community Development Committee that she wants to add two new positions to the Community and Economic Development department, part of the city government.

The positions are a full-time economic development administrator and a coordinator to help administer the new developments expected under the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) which covers 130 acres in several locations within the city.

Habitat marks 100th Lehigh Valley home

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Elsie Garcia and her family just got the keys March 15 for the 100th home that Habitat for Humanity has built in the Lehigh Valley.

Garcia's home on James Street was the scene of an emotional ceremony when officials from Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley, the Bethlehem Garden Club, the Lehigh Valley Embroidery Guild and others officially gave her the keys and presented her with other mementos of lengthy building process.

Fashion warms a winter's evening

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Liberty HS was jump'n Jan. 24 when a bunch of high school kids put on a very grown up "A Winter Fashion Show." The freezing weather made the title quite apropos.

Between each walk around the runway by the models dancers, singers and poets entertained the audience.

The event benefited the Liberty HS Chapter of the NAACP Youth Council whose members were active in organizing the event.

Bethelehm: Historic plaque approved

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The ancient brick retaining wall in front of the Moravian Church on Main Street will soon have a plaque commemorating the designation last fall of the Historic Moravian Bethlehem as National Historic Landmark District.

Last October the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the14-acre district, which includes properties along Church Street and into the Colonial Industrial Quarter along Monocacy Creek.

The 33-inch by 33-inch, 75-pound metal emblem will be mounted on the convex portion of the wall near the intersection of Main and Church streets.

Bethlehem: Historic Commission grants sign request

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Garcia's Agency and Notary got approval for its request for a modest sign at 417 Wyandotte St. in South Bethlehem.

Owner Kevin Garcia was the only applicant to appear before the Historic Conservation District commission Feb. 24 at the Banana Factory.

According to Christine Ussler, the artifact consultant to the Historic Commission, the building is a three-story 1870 Italianate style commercial building.

Bethlehem HCD: Flat Iron owner seeks more changes

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem's "Flat Iron" building at 301 Broadway will get a new drive-thru canopy for the Wells Fargo bank that occupies part of the building, if the owner gets his way.

Stowe Eighmy represented the family business, Sycamore Hill Farms LP, at a meeting of the Historic Conservation District at the Banana Factory Jan. 27.

Eighmy said the company wants to keep the existing bank drive-through canopy and redevelop it as a coffee shop such as a Starbucks. He said the plan would cost 10 to 15 parking spaces.