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Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission reccomends demolishing 215 Broadway

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Broadway Social restaurant in Bethlehem is now one step closer to being able to expand its business.

The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Board voted 6-0 to recommend demolishing and reconstructing a building at 215 Broadway at its Monday meeting.

Greg Salamoni owns the building in addition to Broadway Social, a restaurant and nightclub at 217 Broadway, in South Side Bethlehem. Salamoni said he wants to expand his business into the building, which is next door to the club, but cannot currently do so because it is structurally unsafe.

Salamoni, working with Lee Architectural Associates, was seeking approval from the board to demolish everything but the façade of the building at 215 Broadway and rebuild it.

AnchorThe proposal will now be considered by Bethlehem City Council. Council will then decide whether to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness so that Salamoni can get a building permit.

Greg Heitman, who owns a building on 337 Vine St., asked at the meeting if any investigation has been done on whether the building can be rebuilt without also negatively affecting the front façade.

A Lee Architectural Associates representative at the meeting said that the façade has thick walls so that there is “enough substance there, enough beef.”

No absolute guarantee exists, and nobody can know for sure until the work has actually begun, the representative added.

Board Member Seth Cornish was absent.

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