Jennifer Lively of the Malvern Institute gave The Press a tour of its facilities in downtown Catasauqua.
“We heard a lot of concerns about our facility when we first opened,” she said. “Our goal is to explain what we do and be a part of the community.”
When Malvern Institute officials sought zoning approval, the operation was classified as a hospital, allowing it to operate in the downtown area. There was some concern expressed by residents to borough council this was a ploy to qualify the center.
Award-winning folk artist Doris Hendricks Fry’s artistic talents are now on display at the George Taylor House.
“We have a special room set aside for her works,” said Emily Zacharda, director at the George Taylor House.
According to Chris Clugston, who coordinates marketing for the historic house on Lehigh Street, Fry’s exhibit features many decorative art styles and media popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Included are examples of American primitive painting, theorem painting, reverse glass painting, and tole painting.
Hundreds of parking spaces will be added to a commercial center site in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. The township’s council received and approved a plan from Patriot American Parkway LP at its June 1 meeting.
The plan includes expansion of parking spaces at 1110 American Parkway to accommodate an additional 276 vehicles.
The former LSI site is undergoing transformation to a multi-tenant commercial center. The new owners have additional tenants who are interested in the space and require additional parking.
Plenty of land exists for the expansion.
Lack of convenient parking seems to be the No. 1 complaint from anyone who lives in or visits Catasauqua. With borough officials committed to converting Front Street to two-way traffic, parking on one side of the street would be lost. One way the borough could pick up a few parking spaces might be to plan to have angled parking rather than parallel parking along one side of the street.
Council President Vincent Smith took the borough’s traffic committee out to Front Street to test out the idea June 7.
At the Catasauqua Borough Council’s May 25 workshop session, Councilwoman Christine Weaver brought in players who will work with the borough on the bid for construction of a new municipal building.
“Bids were released earlier today and we had quite a few companies who attended the bid conference,” said Russ Pacata, Architect with Spillman Farmer, architects of the building design.
Eliot Nolter, also an architect with Spillman Farmer, went over some of the final design criteria with the council.
The Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board held its first meeting of the year on May 17. Robin and Lenora Hendershot appeared before the board with a request to replace an existing stockade fence around their property at 202 Wood St.
“The fence we have now is missing slats and falling down,” Robin Hendershot said. “We have a contractor scheduled to replace it.”
In his explanation to the board, Herdershot indicated new zoning restrictions would require a new location for the fence. The new location would remove about a third of the front yard.
In two public hearings held May 25, the Catasauqua Borough Council accepted public input and passed ordinances that changed the zoning designation of the Iron Works site and allowed craft breweries in the borough.
The craft brewery change is designed to allow business owners to create micro-brews or wines on site. Distillers will be able to craft unique spirits.
When the Catasauqua Police Department inaugurated its K-9 service in 2009, no one predicted what an asset it was for the borough.
“I was pushing for the K-9 because it is what I want to do,” Officer John Wiseman told The Press. “I was lucky that I was on a police force that looked favorably on having a K-9.”
Wiseman heads the K-9 unit. Seven years of service is a long time for Jack, the borough’s K-9, who is retiring at the end of the year.
“We started a campaign to raise funds to get another dog,” Wiseman said. A properly trained K-9 runs about $14,000.
At a recent public meeting in Catasauqua, Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PNKP) representatives described the details of replacing the bridge on Race Street that overpasses the Catasauqua Creek. Plenary Walsh is a partner with PennDOT in its PA Rapid Bridges program.
“The goal of the program is to get structurally deficient and obsolete bridges replaced quickly,” said Rich Heimbach, the team’s manager. Most of the bridges in the program are about the same length and with similar characteristics.
The borough has been discussing adopting a new property maintenance code and fire code off and on for several months. The matter was on the agenda at council’s regular meeting May 2.
The vote was expected to be routine, but Councilwoman Jessica Kroope suggested the details of the code revision had not been adequately presented.
“I don’t want to be voting on something when I have not had a chance to see what the impact will be,” she said.
Kroope asked for a comparison that details the changes.