Bethlehem’s Planning Commission has recommended an expansion of the city’s Southside LERTA, a special tax zone in which increases in property assessments are gradually phased in over a period of years. The May 11 vote followed a presentation by Community and Economic Development Director Alicia Karner.
LERTA stands for Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance. Karner explained the program was adopted by the state in 1977. Bethlehem adopted the program in 1984 and has used it in the south and west sides.
Five area Rotary Clubs joined forces March 11 to help reduce hunger in the Lehigh Valley as they set up a production line operation in Moravian College’s Haupert Union Building. Over 100 Rotarians from the Bethlehem, Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon clubs packed rice and bean and apple cinnamon oatmeal meals for distribution to area food banks.
Packing 20,000 dry meals in several shifts, the effort marked the first time that all five clubs in Rotary District 7430 had partnered on a community service project.
You can buy a nice chiinti at Wegmans or Weis. But by a 3 to 1 vote at their May 9 meeting, Hanover Township Ssupervisors voted down the proposed transfer of a liquor license to a Turkey Hill gas station located at Sterners Way and Route 512. Mark Tanczos, who owns a beer distributorship, recused himself. The sole Yes vote was cast by John Diacogiannis. Jack Nagle, Steve Salvesen and Michael Prendeville voted no.
Present and future redevelopment was on the minds of city council members at their meeting May 17, as they joined with members of the Southside Historic Conservation Commission (HCC) to present awards to three property owners. The awards cited two property owners for adaptive reuse of a building and one for scale of the renovation project.
Phil Roeder, chair of the HCC, said, “It’s easy to see the visual benefits of redevelopment. When you visit the neighborhoods you can feel the positive impact.”
The Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board, with chairman Fred Bonsall and historic officer George Donovan, quickly approved almond-colored vinyl window lettering for “Bone Appetit Dog Barkery” at the May 3 hearing in the Rotunda. Bruce E. Haines is the owner of the pet boutique located at 444 Main St. inside the Moravian Book Shop.
After much anticipation, the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie, has been raised from the ashes and will open its doors to customers May 22.
The original Buckeye Tavern, built in 1735, was destroyed in a fire May 12, 2015.
Buckeye Tavern owners Hope and Terry Bender are ready to reopen.
“It won’t be the same as before; it will be the new Buckeye,” Terry Bender said in an interview with The Press Dec. 7, 2016.
Developer Lew Ronca has agreed to completely reconstruct about a third of Brodhead Road in Bethlehem Township. He made this commitment in connection with a 513,000-square-foot warehouse distribution center he plans to build along the south side of Brodhead Road and north side of Route 22.