South Bethlehem’s revitalization efforts acquired a symbolic increase final week with the groundbreaking of a redevelopment challenge on E. Third Street that has taken years of labor.
The ramshackle Goodman Building as soon as housed a furnishings retailer however finally turned an empty eyesore whose continued decay pitted metropolis officers towards its late proprietor.
A multi-million greenback plan by Collaboration 3 LLC (C3) – a partnership between D’Huy Engineering, Alloy 5 Architecture and Skepton Construction – to renovate and increase the constructing will create retail area on the primary flooring and residential and industrial area on the higher flooring .
“The Goodman Building project is another example of a public-private partnership that will deliver important economic and community development benefits to the City of Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley,” Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18) mentioned in a information launch in regards to the groundbreaking .
Boscola’s workplace mentioned she and lawmakers labored with Gov. Tom Wolf to boost greater than $2 million in state funding for the challenge.
“Without this government investment, this groundbreaking would not have been possible today,” she mentioned.
“The Goodman Building was a derelict building for decades before the city stepped in,” mentioned Bethlehem Mayor J. William Reynolds, quoted within the press launch. “It stood empty causing a drain on the south side. It took the city’s vision to see this building as it could be and C3’s willingness to believe in that vision to get us here today.”
“There’s a lot of potential here,” mentioned co-owner Randy Galiotto. “From an architectural point of view, this is a great building in a great location with great neighbors. We know there is a history of plagues and thanks to the hard work of everyone at Bethlehem City Hall and Harrisburg we are excited to be part of the solution.”
According to the press launch, 12 residential models shall be created as a part of the $9.1 million Goodman Building redevelopment challenge.
“The Goodman Building is the right instance of what good partnerships can obtain: the town took management of the constructing and invested funds, (the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation) loaned cash for the challenge, Sen. Boscola and (State) Representative (Steve ) Samuelson (D-135) supplied authorities funding and C3 supplied the experience to make this challenge a actuality,” the press launch reads.
The Goodman Building is situated at 30-32 E. Third Street in a neighborhood near Lehigh University, SteelStacks, ArtsQuest and Wind Creek Casino.
Much of the neighborhood has undergone gentrification, and different historic buildings are slated to face the wrecking ball so growth plans can proceed.