GLENDON, Pa. - The Glendon Hotel, already collapsing on its own, may be demolished by Halloween.
Northampton County's General Purpose Authority (GPA) is handling the demolition and redevelopment of the Main Street landmark in Glendon. The GPA has received bids to demolish the hotel but has not awarded a contract.
The 281-year-old hotel, known for its decrepit condition and large Sprite sign, may not make it through October if a contract is awarded. Gravity and neglect have already taken a toll, as part of the second floor is now on the ground, and there is concern that a collapse could block Main Street.
Bids to knock it down are good for 60 days.
"Bids have been in, and we're really close to saying 'go,'" Mark Hartney, the county's deputy director for community development, said at an authority meeting Tuesday.
The county also has to set an agreement with the borough and school district for its plan to put low-income housing on the site after it has been cleared.
"Is there any time or deadline for just razing the building?" County Council President Lori Vargo Heffner asked. "Potentially by Halloween?"
"Potentially, yeah," said Charles Dertinger, Northampton County's director of administration.
The General Purpose Authority's mission is to promote private investment and provide financing opportunities. It took on the hotel project when ownership abandoned the building and the borough of Glendon could not handle the project.
The GPA has a $100,000 state grant, and plans to put up $30,000 of its own money for demolition.
The hotel was built in 1740, according to the Library of Congress. It was used as a refuge during battles with Native Americans. It has been altered and remodeled several times before it was abandoned.