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Upper Saucon builder to move into downtown Bethlehem
Allied Building Corp. pulls up stakes from Stabler center to old Weinland's Hardware site
The Morning Call
March 12, 2010
An Upper Saucon Township construction company is moving its corporate offices to the building in Bethlehem that replaced the old Weinland's Hardware store after fire gutted it five years ago.
Allied Building Corp. will occupy the second and third floors and is in talks with several retail tenants for the first floor of 574 Main St., a three-story building on the southeast corner of Main and Broad streets.
''This is one of the most important, marquee corners in Bethlehem and, arguably, the Lehigh Valley,'' Mayor John Callahan said Thursday at a news conference in the building. ''What happens on this corner, in this building, is very important.''
The red brick structure is in the heart of the historic downtown. The location had been home to Weinland's, which closed in the 1980s. The last tenant was AlphaGraphics print shop, before the building caught fire in 2005.
While the developers tried to save the 150-year-old building, the structure was ultimately rebuilt from the ground up.
The building has since changed hands twice. Ashley Development's Lou Pektor, who built Main Street Commons out of the old Orr's building across the street, tried first. He had tried to get a French bistro there, and when that didn't work out, an Asian and Mediterranean restaurant.
Pektor, who faced financial pressures with a tightening credit market, ultimately sold the property to his contractor, Anthony Scarcia Jr., president and chief operating officer of Allied Building.
Scarcia said it will be hard to move his 12 employees from the Stabler Corporate Center in Upper Saucon because they've had such a good experience there. But he welcomed the idea of moving his employees into a downtown.
Scarcia will finish the rebuilding job with interior work and expects to move in by June.
Allied Building has built several projects in the city, including Ben Franklin TechVentures on Lehigh University's Mountaintop Campus, Sovereign Bank's regional corporate center at Eighth and Eaton avenues, and the America On Wheels museum in Allentown.