While preliminary work continues on a new parking deck and bus terminal in downtown Easton, the project has lost a key first-floor tenant.

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. told city council Wednesday night the National High School Sports Hall of Fame has decided it will not be moving into the new building on South Third Street, the site of the former Perkins Family Restaurant, when it opens in the summer of 2015.

Panto said the decision not to lease out the 8,500 square feet on the first floor does not mean the Hall of Fame will be leaving Easton.

Without naming names, Panto said the space has “quite a bit of interest already.”

The mayor said many people automatically think the space would be ideal for stores or restaurants. But it may also be ideal for office space that could generate 100 office jobs.

Panto said the Hall of Fame is “being wooed by other communities,” though he declined to elaborate.

Panto said he learned about the decision from Robert Ferraro, founder of the National High School Coaches Association and organizer of the proposed hall of fame.