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Tonight: A Public Hearing for Old North

Tonight (June 13), Lackawanna city leaders and citizens will come together to discuss recent events and upcoming plans for the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building.

The City of Lackawanna confirmed an emergency demolition court order on May 21 to tear down the historic Beaux Arts-style building. But no moves have been made yet to demolish the building and many local preservationists are fighting to save the historic structure.

Photo by Nan Guzauski, courtesy of the Bethlehem Steel North Office Photo Group.

The hearing on Wednesday night will discuss the history of the building, current status of demolition proceedings, and what options city leaders and preservationists have to save the 111-year-old structure. Attendees will also discuss how the creation of a “certified local government” in Lackawanna can help preservation efforts, how the building can be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and how a reuse study can affect dismantlement proceedings. The Lackawanna Common Council will also present a resolution requesting Mayor Geoffery Szymanski to rescind the current demolition order.

Invited panelists for the evening include Preservation Buffalo-Niagara, Lackawanna Industrial heritage Group, Lackawanna Historical Society, Lackawanna City Council President Henry Pirowski, Gateway Trade owners, Mayor Szymanski, and local preservationists and activists. Chris Hawley will serve as the evening’s moderator and public attendees are invited to comment during the open session.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the hearing will begin at 7pm at the VFW John B Weber Post, located at 2909 South Park Avenue in Lackawanna.

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  • JZHooverB

    Last week was it this paper or the Buffalo News that had a very nice upbeat article on the developing Larkin District? 
    Whatever the article, a trite mention of the demolished Larkin Soap Building [to which the district owes its name apparently] is not enough to display the gross lack of imagination that took place in demolishing a principal work of architecture by the grand master of the twentieth century.
    So now the old Bethleham Administration  Building has to be torn down as some sort of emergency?  Is this area going to be named the Bethleham District next just because it has some open area, a snack bar, and some modern art pieces of crap. 
    If anything should get knocked down how about that useless Ford Stamping plant and then the cargo style buildings and Mercy helicopter  area in front of the Woodlawn Beach bath house.