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Progress is made on 2nd St. houses

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by James Bunting Special to The Press in Local News

Weather woes are affecting work timeline

Weather complications and permit delays have slowed the construction timeline at 1020 and 1022 Second St., but North Catasauqua Borough Council is satisfied with the progress that is being shown.

As part of the agreement that was signed at the Feb. 19 council meeting, property owner Hyoungjoon Park vowed to have all structural issues addressed by March 22 and the sinkhole filled by April 1.

Footing for the foundation has been installed, but as of April 2, the laying of the new foundation has not started. All building materials have been delivered to the site, but weather issues have delayed the construction.

Park’s initial construction permit application was rejected by the borough’s code enforcement officer but was eventually approved after modifications.

Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian plans to reach out to Park’s attorney, Alexander Ward, to request a formal update on the construction progress by the next council meeting April 16.

“Bottom line is, they are moving forward,” Goudsouzian said. “It’s taking a little longer than we thought, and it’s not going as smoothly as we would like, but they are working on it.”

While a formal extension or modification of the agreement was not voted on or suggested, council agreed to make reasonable accommodations with the timeline, as long as progress continues to be shown.

In other news, council and Mayor William Molchany Jr. are planning to honor retired Catasauqua Police Officer Scott Rothrock at the April 16 meeting.

Rothrock won the inaugural A-Treat Heroes campaign in March. The Fraternal Order of Police Le-Hampton No. 35 received a $10,000 donation from A-Treat and the Jaindl family on Rothrock’s behalf, and his picture will appear on A-Treat’s packaging in the near future. (See photos on Page A1.)