Court dismisses appeal over Dime Bank sign in Allentown

Posted: 2:46 PM EDT Apr 22, 2013   Updated: 2:47 PM EDT Apr 22, 2013

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has dismissed an appeal over a decision ordering the removal of a sign from the side of the old Dime Bank building in Allentown.

The appeal by developer Abe Atiyeh, Brookside Realty and Whitehall Manor stemmed from a determination last year by the city that the sign at 12 N. 7th St. was illegally erected.

Atiyeh previously claimed he had an office in the building and that, as the building's lease holder, he had a right to put up the sign. He also said he once had a permit from the city for the sign, although he could not produce it, and that the city was making an issue of the sign because of his challenges to the hockey arena project.

The Dime building is in the block where the arena is being built. There are plans to restore it and use it as the lobby of a hotel in the arena complex.