Architectural sketches presented by Spillman Farmer Architects show a trimmed-down version of a new municipal building to be constructed on the Iron Works property in Catasauqua.
Councilwoman Christine Weaver distributed sketches at last week's Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting.
"This is not something that is cast in stone, but it is a building that is within our proposed budget," she said.
Earlier renditions of the building had space for the library and some expansion areas. These ideas for expanded space were mostly eliminated in the new proposal.
Donald Seiple, Vice President of Operations for St Luke's University Health System, came before the Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Board July 23, requesting additional signage for property located at 1110 American Parkway.
A few owners have graced the title records on this building since Lucent Technologies gave up the ghost during the dot-com bust. The newest owner is Patriot American Parkway, LP. Jeff Kase, a representative of the owner, was at the zoning hearing.
The Northampton Militia trooped onto the lawn at the George Taylor House last Friday and stayed for the weekend. The reenactors are headed by Captain David Hospador, who hails from York, and includes a number of local participants.
Paulette Abel shares time with her husband, Robert, at Revoluntionary War reenactments.
"You can find something to do every weekend," she said. "There are Civil War events and WWII events too."
During the Revolutionary War, it was not unusual for wives to accompany their soldier-husbands near the battlefield.
At Monday's Catasauqua Council workshop meeting, Councilwoman Christine Weaver distributed sketches of the latest round in the design for the new municipal building at the Iron Works site.
"This is not something that is cast in stone, but it is a [design for a] building that is within our proposed budget," she said. Earlier renditions of the building had space for housing a public library and some expansion areas. Ideas for expanded space were mostly eliminated in the new proposal.
On the first weekend in August, the 3rd Pennsylvania Revolutionary War enactors will portray the Northampton County Militia.
The event will run for two days, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the George Taylor House on Lehigh Street, Catasauqua.
During the encampment, the enactors will conduct drills and explain how life was lived in a military encampment during the Revolutionary War.
The National Museum of Industrial History will also set up a blacksmith and forge display and will offer demonstrations and participation programs.
Emily Zacharda, activities coordinator for the George Taylor House, put together a unique combination for a picnic at the grounds on Saturday.
"We had people reserve tables of six for $12 a table," she said. "They brought their picnic dinner and the borough provided live entertainment and the tents," she said.
Craig Kastelnik and Pat Flaherty, a husband-and-wife singing duo called KATO, got the nod to perform. Kastelnik now does original scores for PBS along with his special shows.
Catasauqua Borough will soon distribute new recycling containers to all residents.
"With the new recycling grant and the program by our recycling hauler (J.P. Mascaro and Sons) we will have new recycling containers distributed to all residents, even to tenants in apartments," borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported at the July 6 council meeting.
The Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board will hear two requests for zoning hearings during tonight's meeting.
Township Manager Sandra Pudliner announced at the July 15 council meeting that St. Luke's Hospital has asked for a sign on the property at 1110 American Parkway.
The building, once owned by Lucent Technologies, and several owners since, is being divided as a multitenant property. St. Luke's Hospital is one of the recent tenants.
After a lengthy investigation into the project and negotiation with the developer, the Hanover Township Council has approved an agreement with the Rockefeller Group which clears the way for a one million square-foot warehouse for FedEx ground operations.
The decision to give the project a go-ahead was made at the council's July 1 meeting.
In August 2014, East Allen Township approved a FedEx warehouse on property owned by Lehigh Valley International Airport, on the outer edge of East Allen Township.
On rain-soaked grounds of the George Taylor House, Catasauqua conducted its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence Saturday.
Councilwoman Debra Mellish added a special twist to this year's celebration.
"Today also marks the 175th anniversary of the first pig iron casting here in Catasauqua, which many historians consider the start of the Industrial Revolution," she said.