Mildew, a collapsed roof, and several environmental problems have plagued the Jack Jones Buick building in Bethlehem.
Now developers are getting set to tear it down and start over.
The Jack Jones Buick Building was built in 1921. It's been vacant since 2005.
Some neighbors wish the building would have been restored years ago.
“It's time for the building to call it a day and comeback with a new look, new image,” said Louis Pektor, president of Ashley Development.
The plan is to tear down the building and build a new 17,000 square foot, three story medical office facility.
“This is the area the hospital wanted to be in and they've got locations all over town but they had nothing in downtown Bethlehem," said Kathryn Novak, vice president of Novak Broad Street Ventures.
As for the tenant, it's still a mystery.
Representatives for St. Luke's University Hospital told us they are not looking at the property.
Then the Lehigh Valley Health network issued a statement,
"At any given time we have multiple locations under consideration. We refrain from talking about any specifics, including confirmation or denial of any discussions, until there is something definite to announce."
“We were given a sneak preview of the plan and I think they were actually shocked that we weren't upset, they were anticipating on us being upset,” says Evelyn Beckman, owner of Ambre Studio.
Beckman's studio is across the street from the Jack Jones Buick building.
She's seen the vintage 1921 structure decay and feels a new building is necessary to save the neighborhood.
“If they would have saved it five, six years ago maybe we wouldn't have this conversation," said Beckman. "We now have to look at reality and say there is so much going wrong with it now, there's not a whole lot we can save.”
Demolition of the building will start once all the final zoning and planning is approved.