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Date set for demolition of Bethlehem's Martin Tower

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem city officials have announced a date for the demolition of Martin Tower.

The building is set to be demolished on Sunday, May 19 during early morning daylight hours, according to the mayor's office.

Officials said they will provide an area map, including street closures, restricted areas and safe areas for viewing, at a later date.

69 News will broadcast Martin Tower's implosion live on May 19.

The city expects to release more information in mid-April.

The Lehigh Valley's tallest building was built in 1970 to represent the zenith of Bethlehem Steel. It has been vacant since 2007.

Developers are hoping to use most of the acreage for more than 500 apartment units, and include some shops, a gas station, a restaurant and hotel.

The developers have released a master plan on what they plan to do with the site once the tower is demolished. A PDF of the plans can be viewed above.

The plans include a three-story medical office building, a three-story, 132-room hotel, a three-story apartment building and a club house and pool.

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