Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Former West Ward Club Gets Approval to Become Deli

By Christina Georgiou

Architect Jeff Martinson, right, with property owner
Peter Tomino, present plans to the Easton Zoning
Hearing Board Monday night to convert the former
Weston Club into a delicatessen and neighborhood
convenience store. An application to use the lower
level of the building as a rental party hall was
withdrawn and may be presented at a later date.
The former Weston Club, located at 1317 Lehigh St., got the approval of the city's zoning hearing board 3-2 to become a delicatessen and neighborhood convenience store Monday night, but applicant Peter Tomino will have to reapply to the board to convert the building's lower level into a rental facility for parties seating up to 75 people. Tomino withdrew his request to operate the party room after board members indicated his business plan for the lower level was "underdeveloped."

Architect Jeff Martinson outlined Tomino's plans to turn the upper level into a store that would serve the needs of the surrounding community, selling basic grocery items, made-to-order sandwiches and other to-go foods, beer, tobacco, and other sundries.

Plans for the store space include indoor seating for about 15 people, the addition of small decks in both the front and the rear of the building, and reconfiguring the rear parking lot along Spruce Street to accomodate a total of 22 vehicles instead of the current 20 spaces.

Deliveries would be received in the back of the building, Martinson said.

Plans for the main level of the former Weston Club include
seating for 15 people.
Click on any image for a full size view.
Tomino said the front and rear decks will each include seating for a few people, which he envisions neighborhood patrons can use to enjoy food and beverages purchased in his new establishment in nice weather.

Tomino promised the zoning hearing board that while he does intend to sell six-packs of beer for take-out, no one will be allowed to consume alcohol on the premises, even if and when the board gives approval for the lower level of the building to be rented out for parties, weddings, and events.

Board members expressed unease at granting the request to use the lower level for a party hall, saying Tomino lacked a solid vision for the space and they had concerns about parking, despite Tomino's willingness to attach another 30 or so parking spaces that he owns, located about a block away, to the project.

"I think this needs to be presented in a more concrete plan," said the board's chairman, Michael Civitella.

No parking variance is necessary for the neighborhood convenience store use, noted board solicitor Robert Nitchkey, and both Tomino and Martinson said they expect the majority of customers will be pedestrians from the surrounding neighborhood.

The store will employ a staff of about four people, and if the plan for the party hall is later granted, the store's kitchen facilities will be able to provide catering for the downstairs space as well, Tomino said. No variances are necessary for the kitchen itself, as the  facility already exists, having been part of the former Weston Club.

The part of the application for a variance to use the
basement level of the former Weston Club as a rental
party hall was withdrawn, but
may be submitted again at a later date,  once renovations
to the main level are completed, property owner
Peter Tomino said.
About six neighbors of the former club attended the hearing, and two expressed concern about the plans.

Both said they felt the new use would generate too much noise, create parking problems, and attract unsavory elements to the neighborhood.

"We're trying to create walkable neighborhoods (in Easton)," Martinson said. "This is part of trying to provide something in the neighborhood as a gathering place...instead of Wawa, to buy a cup of coffee in the morning. We should be integrating things like this back into our neighborhoods."

Tomino said he plans to be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

He added he hopes to open the new business in about six months, after construction work to convert the property is complete. He will reapply for the variance to use the lower level as a rental hall at some future date, but he said he wasn't sure when that would be.

"Probably not until after I get the store open," he said.

Also Monday night, the zoning hearing board approved a variance for a 29 square foot sign for Two Rivers Brewing Company along South Sixth Street, a special exception to allow the establishment of a tobacco and smoke shop at 700D Philadelphia Road in the city's South Side neighborhood, and a special exception an lot area variance to convert a mixed-use building at 134 South Second St. back to a single family dwelling with the provision that a small kitchenette area on the second floor be removed to prevent the building from possibly being easily converted into a multi-residence rental dwelling in the future.

Proprietors Carolyn Krouse of Easton and Travis McNally of Phillipsburg, NJ, said they expect to be able to open the South Side Smoke Shop in about four months, after interior construction is complete and a certificate of occupancy and other necessary permitting for the shop is obtained from the city.

Monday, April 21, 2014

This Week in Easton, April 21 to 24

It's warm. It's sunny. It's spring. What other reason do you need?

Monday, April 21


City of Easton Zoning Hearing Board meeting: 6:30 p.m. Easton City Hall, 1 South Third St., sixth floor.

Wilson Area School Board regular meeting: 7 p.m. William P. Tollinger Administration Building, 2040 Washington Blvd., Wilson Borough.

Williams Land Preservation Board meeting: 7 p.m. Williams Township Municipal Complex, Community Building, 655 Cider Press Road, Easton (Williams Township)

Trivia Night: 8 p.m. Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St. 610-829-1131 or www.tworiversbrewing.com

Open Mic hosted by Andy Killcoyne: 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. The Riegelsville Inn, 12 Delaware Road, Riegelsville. 610-749-0100 or www.riegelsvilleinn.com

Tuesday, April 22


Duplicate Bridge: 11:30 a.m. Temple Covenant of Peace, 1451 Northampton St.

Easton City Council committee meeting: 6 p.m. City Hall, city council chambers, sixth floor, 1 South Third St.

Safe Harbor Medical Clinic: 6 to 10 p.m. Free, for those without health insurance and in need of medical care. Advance appointments are requested. Safe Harbor Easton, 536 Bushkill Drive. To schedule an appointment, call 610-258-5540, email trogers@safeharboreaston.org, or stop by in person Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Easton Area School Board meeting: 7 p.m. Easton Area High School Auditorium, 2601 William Penn Highway, Palmer Township.

Line Dancing:
7 to 9:30 p.m. Beginner lessons 7:15 p.m. Open dancing follows. $5 per person. Tatamy Fire Company, 164 Bushkill St., Tatamy. 610-759-2786 or www.purecountrydancers.com

Trivia Night: 7 to 10 p.m. Hosted by comedienne Liz Russo. Rivals, 5 Lehn's Court. 610-392-2932 or www.rivalseaston.com

Bingo: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, corner of South Fourth and Ferry streets.

Wednesday, April 23


Easton City Council meeting: 6 p.m. City Hall, city council chambers, sixth floor, 1 South Third St.

Williams Zoning Hearing Board meeting: 7 p.m. Williams Township Municipal Complex, Community Building, 655 Cider Press Road, Easton (Williams Township)

Palmer Township Environmental Steering Committee meeting:
7 p.m. In the Palmer Library meeting room, at the Municipal Complex, 1 Weller Place (off of Newburg Road), Palmer Township.

Free Texas Hold'em:
7 & 9 p.m. Registration is 15 minutes prior to each game. La Pazza, 1251 Ferry St. 610-515-0888 or www.lapazza.com

Serene Green: 7 p.m. Vintage Restaurant at The Club at Morgan Hill, 100 Clubhouse Drive. 610-923-8480 or www.vintagerestaurantandbar.com

Fahad & Kelly:
7 p.m. Widow's Tavern, 200 Main St., Stockertown. 610-365-8890 or www.widowstavern.com

Traditional Irish open jam session: 7:30 p.m. Porters' Pub, 700 Northampton St. 610-250-6561 or www.porterspubeaston.com

Waver Wednesday: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. All new wave, dark wave, indie and electronica music, with DJ Brad Scott Smith and DJ Mumbler.  Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St. 610-829-1131 or www.tworiversbrewing.com


Thursday, April 24


Cops 'n Kids Reading Room open:
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children receive three free books for visiting. Easton Area Community Center, back entrance, 901 Washington St. 610-250-6562

Northampton County Council meeting: 6:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from April 17) Third Floor, Room 3116/County Council Meeting Room, Northampton County Courthouse, 669 Washington St.

Community Health Talk - "Women’s Health": 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. With Douha Sabouni, MD, OB/GYN at Easton Hospital. Free and open to the public. Forks UCC, 4500 Sullivan Trail, Stockertown. For more details, contact Forks UCC at 610-759-5676 or Easton Hospital at 610-250-4953 or click here.

Film Screening - "Growing Cities": 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  A documentary about the role of urban farming in the United States, and the power it has to revitalize our cities and change the ways we think about growing and eating food. Free, donations accepted. Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton St.
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Game Night: Available for your enjoyment and amusing nostalgic lapses are a wide assortment games we all grew up playing, plus, Ring-the-Bull and Shut-the-Box. La Pazza Bar, 1251 Ferry St. 610-515-0888 or www.lapazza.com

Bring (or wear) Your Own Vinyl night: 8 p.m. to midnight. With the Easton Record Exchange. Black & Blue, 683 Walnut St. 610-438-3604 or www.blackandblueeaston.com

Yan Carlos and the Subtle Experience: 8 p.m. Porters' Pub, 700 Northampton St. 610-250-6561 or www.porterspubeaston.com

Karaoke: 8 p.m. Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville. 610-510-3030 or www.riegelsvilletavern.com

Heidi Ott: 9:30 p.m. Pearly Bakers, 11 Centre Square. 610-253-9949 or www.pearlybakers.net

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Police Urge Residents to Lock Vehicles After Rash of Thefts

The Easton Police Department is urging residents to make sure to lock their cars after a rash of thefts from motor vehicles parked in the city's South Side neighborhood.

Police say the thefts appear to have occurred during late night and early morning hours in at least 10 locations, including:
  • On April 16, the 400 block of West Berwick Street , the 200 block of Lachenour Avenue, 300 block of West Grant Street, the 700 block of West Grant Street, the 800 block of West Lincoln Street, the 100 block of Ann Street
  • On April 18, the 800 block of West Grant Street and the 600 block of Davis Street.
  • On April 19, the 1000 block of West Berwick Street and the 300 block of West Grant Street

Police did not specify the items that were reportedly stolen or their value.

"Thus far it appears all of the vehicles were left unlocked. Therefore, the Easton police department would like to offer a friendly reminder for everyone to lock your vehicles. Additionally, we’d like to add that if valuables are stored out of view and vehicles are locked there is a very good chance your vehicle will not be targeted by thieves," the department said in a media release. "Lastly, we ask for the public to keep watch for suspicious persons around your neighborhood and to call police if anyone appears to be acting suspiciously. Hopefully by working together we can reduce future crimes like these. "

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call city detectives at 610-250-6635. If you see a crime in progress, call 911.

Police Hunting for Suspects After South Side Home Burglarized

Easton police are looking for two possible suspects after a residence on the 400 block of West Berwick Street in the city's South Side neighborhood was reportedly burglarized.

Police say the resident called them at about 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 to report that the electrical system of their home was tampered with in an apparent attempt to disable the home's alarm system. A window of the home had also been forced open and some personal property was found to be missing, authorities added.

Police say they are searching for two men that were seen in the area at the time of the incident, thought to be around 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18, that reportedly fled in a black four-door VW Golf, most likely a 1994-1996 model, with a Pennsylvania license plate.

The two men are described as a Hispanic man that was driving the car, and a Hispanic man  with black, slicked-back hair, weighing approximately 200 pounds, wearing a white and blue t-shirt and blue jeans that is believed to have entered residence.

Police added that the men and the vehicle were seen in the vicinity of the 400 block of Wirebach and 400 block of West Berwick streets around 5 p.m. Friday and they are believed to be the actors that committed the burglary.


The Easton Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding this incident, these persons, or the vehicle, please call Detective Darren Snyder, 610-250-6637. Also, callers can call the EPD tip line, 610-250-6635 and remain anonymous.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Guide, April 18 to 20

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Friday,  April 18


Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Best to arrive early, as the hunt begins promptly and the popularity of this event means traffic and parking can result in occasional delays. Prizes will be awarded by age group, plus a grand prize egg will be awarded as well. Free candy for participants will be distributed after the hunt as well. Palmer Elementary School, 3050 Green Pond Road, Palmer Township. (In the event of rain, the hunt will be held indoors at the Chrin Community Center, 4100 Green Pond Road.) 610-253-7191

Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Mary Meuser Park, Northampton and 23rd streets, Wilson Borough. 610-258-6142

Dancing on the Odds: 7 to 10 p.m. Foxtrot instruction from 7 to 8 p.m., Open dancing 8 to 10 p.m. $10 per person, benefits Third Street Alliance. 41 North Third St.

Line Dancing: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Lessons at 7:15 p.m. $5 per person for members, $6 for non-members. Tatamy Fire Company, 164 Bushkill St., Tatamy. 610-759-2786 or www.purecountrydancers.com

James Supra, Sunshine Symphony: Music at 7 and 10 p.m. Rivals Sports Bar & Nightclub, 5 Lehns Court. 610-923-7625 or www.rivalseaston.com

Steve McDaniels: 8 p.m. The Riegelsville Inn, 12 Delaware Road, Riegelsville. 610-749-0100 or www.riegelsvilleinn.com

Working Class Bohemians: 8:30 p.m. Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St. 610-829-1131 or www.tworiversbrewing.com

Two Man Johnson: 9 p.m. Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti House, 136-138 Spring Garden St. 610-252-3033 or www.colonialpizzapub.com

Ali Oop's Juke Jam: 10 p.m. A funky good time, with Motown, Philly sound and more. Come on out and DANCE! La Pazza, 1251 Ferry St. 610-515-0888 or www.lapazza.com

DJ Mikey Z: 10 p.m. Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville. 610-510-3030 or www.riegelsvilletavern.com

Madam Freak & the Funky Fever: 10 p.m. Porters' Pub, 700 Northampton St. 610-250-6561 or www.porterspubeaston.com

Mike Roi: 10 p.m. Pearly Baker's Alehouse, 11 Centre Square. 610-253-9949 or www.pearlybakers.net

DJ John Harvey:
10 p.m. Dub's on Fifth, 402 South Fifth St., West Easton. 610-438-3827 or www.dubson5th.com

Saturday, April 19


Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to children based on age groups: 1 to 4 years, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, and 10 years and over. Other activities are planned as well. Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden St. 610-253-0792 or www.trinityeaston.org

Easton Farmers' Market Winter Mart: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 35 vendors offering fresh, local and organic food and fine crafts. Runs every Saturday through April 26. At the former Weller Center, 325 Northampton St. 610-258-8500 or www.eastonfarmersmarket.com

Record Store Day and Live DJs: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. With DJs Rabeka, Mumbler, Kru, Dogtrane, Mourning Glory, and Billa. Drawing to win a Technics LP bag and a choice of slipmats with purchase. Used Grooves, 401 Northampton St. www.usedgrooves.com

Easter Egg Hunt: 11 a.m. Bring a basket. Sponsored by the College Hill Neighborhood Association. In Nevin Park, Lafayette Street and Taylor Avenue.

Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day: 11 a.m. Includes arts and crafts, a bounce house, face painting, egg dying, an ice cream eating contest, concert, outdoor bbq, more. Full Gospel Cathedral of Praise, 1100 Ferry St. 610-253-3066 or 201-790-3252

Spring Open House Gallery Exhibit: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Original pastels, watercolors, and oil paintings. Ahlum Gallery, 106 North Fourth St. 610-923-9733 or www.ahlumgallery.com

Bowling Fundraiser for Autism Speaks: 1 to 5 p.m. All ages welcome, $20 per person. Bar Don Lanes, 3700 Nicholas St., Palmer Township. 610-252-8852

Free Texas Hold'em: 7 & 9 p.m. Registration is 15 minutes prior to each game. La Pazza, 1251 Ferry St. 610-515-0888 or www.lapazza.com

Call Your Mamma, DJ: Band at 7 p.m., DJ at 10 p.m. Rivals Sports Bar & Nightclub, 5 Lehns Court. 610-923-7625 or www.rivalseaston.com

Tall Tall Trees: 8 p.m. Indie-folk rocker, part of Mercantile Home's "Live at the Gold Room" concert series. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20, click here to purchase online or pick up in person at the boutique, 140 Northampton St. Performance is at The Grand Eastonian, 140 Northampton St.

Frank Giasullo: 8 p.m. The Riegelsville Inn, 12 Delaware Road, Riegelsville. 610-749-0100 or www.riegelsvilleinn.com

The Ultra Kings: 9 p.m. Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St. 610-829-1131 or www.tworiversbrewing.com

Kim Brewer Band: 9 p.m. Riegelsville Tavern, 1274 Easton Road, Riegelsville. 610-510-3030 or www.riegelsvilletavern.com

Connie Edinger: 9 p.m. Widow's Tavern, 200 Main St., Stockertown. 610-365-8890 or www.widowstavern.com

New Light Quartet: 9:30 p.m. Lafayette Bar, 11 N. Fourth St. 610-252-0711 or www.lafayettebarjazz.com
 
The Roux: 10 p.m. Plus, an Easter Egg coloring contest all evening--prizes include a basket of cheer and beer. Eggs supplied, you supply the artistic talent. Porters' Pub, 700 Northampton St. 610-250-6561 or www.porterspubeaston.com

Big Empty with the Explorers: 10 p.m. Pearly Baker's Alehouse, 11 Centre Square. 610-253-9949 or www.pearlybakers.net

Best You Get: 10 p.m. Dub's on Fifth, 402 South Fifth St., West Easton. 610-438-3827 or www.dubson5th.com

Sunday, April 20


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Public Market Facade Changes Unveiled

By Christina Georgiou

A concept view of the changes to be made to the front facade of the former
Weller Center building on the 300 block of Northampton Street in
Downtown Easton, which will be the future home of the Easton
Public Market, as well as offices for the Greater Easton Development
Partnership, the Easton Main Street Initiative, and the Easton
Ambassadors program.

Easton's Historic District Commission approved proposed changes to the former Weller Center's facade Monday evening, which will house the Easton Farmers' Market year-round indoor public market, expected to open late this year.

The building will be painted a dark navy blue with "a couple of accent colors," said Anthony Bracali, president of Friday Archictects/Planners. The Philadelphia-based firm, which also designed the Reading Terminal Market, is handling the conversion of the building, located in the 300 block of Northampton Street.

Navy blue canvas awnings will provide cover for a seating area along the front of the building, jutting out over the sidewalk by about five or six feet, Bracali said.

The proposed back view of the Easton Public Market, on Church Street.
Lighting is to be added to the back of the building on Church Street, with two wall sconces that will provide vertical lighting along the wall.

Vertical signs for the public market will be constructed of a lime green painted aluminum with the letters cut through the metal on both the front and back of the building. They will be illuminated at night, Bracali said.

Vinyl signs for Easton Main Street and the Easton Ambassadors, which will be moving their offices into the building along with parent organization and building owner, the Greater Easton Development Partnership, will be located on the door glass in the back of the building on Church Street.

Easton Public Market manager, Jared Mast, noted that all the signs together may exceed the city's 20 square foot limit for signage, but the market intends to apply to the city for a variance.

Additionally, while no changes to the building's Bank Street wall are planned in the immediate future, the market hopes to add a mural there at a future date, he said, noting that the mural may or may not be considered to be a "sign" under city ordinance.

Cindy Cawley, who heads the city's zoning and codes enforcement department, said she thinks the sign's square footage probably won't be a problem, as the signs represent different organizations in the building and each is entitled to 20 square feet.

Commission member Scott Voelker wondered if the choice of dark blue was "set in stone, 'cause I really like the way it looks in the picture as charcoal."

The commission's historic consultant, Christine Uhler agreed, though she noted Easton's Historic District Commission does not have the authority to regulate the color a building is painted.

Commission members said they feel the "G" located in the facade on the center front of the former Weller Center should remain, though it will be painted over. Bracali assured commission members that is the market's plan.

"The utmost care should be taken to minimize damage to the glazed terra cotta tile on the building's facade," Uhler said, in reference to the installation of the awnings and signs. She added that attachments should be placed in the tile joints, as opposed to through the tiles themselves, during installation.

Approval for all the proposed changes was granted, though the commission stipulated the final placement of one of Easton Main Street's signs in the back of the building on Church Street needs to still be discussed before its final placement.

"It's just kind of sticking out," said Voelker.

New City Hall Facade Gets Approval from Easton Historic District Commission

By Christina Georgiou

A scale model of the center section of Easton's new city hall building,
to be erected on South Third Street, was shown to the city's
historic district commission members and the public Monday evening.
Click on any photo for a full size view.

Easton's new city hall building got a nod of approval Monday evening from the city's historic district commission after board members and the public got a look at a scale model of the planned structure. Commission member Scott Voelker, who works for architectural firm Spillman Farmer, recused himself from the vote, and chair Robert Jacobs was not present.

Easton's Historic District Commission had formerly expressed worries that the building would be too stark and didn't convey the civic nature of its use.

New plans show that a bridge connecting the parking deck behind the building to the city's  municipal offices, which will be located on the second and third floors of the structure, has been eliminated. Additional changes include polished green granite that will frame the building's main entrance on South Third Street, and a honed granite base on the east, north, and south sides of the structure.

An artist's rendering of plans for the third floor, which, along
with the second level, will house the City of Easton's
municipal offices.
An art glass canopy will also be located over the main entrance, which will also serve patrons for the bus station, to be situated on the first floor.

The upper part of Easton's city hall will be constructed of precast concrete of two different textures.

Other changes to the plan were made too, said Christine Uhler, the commission's historic consultant, but they were not talked about in detail Monday evening.

"It's hard to discuss every single detail as this is a very complex project," Uhler said.

She added that the board's job is just to ensure the modern building fits in with the neighborhood and the historic structures that surround it.

Spillman Farmer architect Randy Galiotto highlighted
some of the new city hall's features with a scale model
of the middle of the structure to Easton
Historic District Commission members Monday evening.
The scale model shown Monday evening reflects some
changes from the original concept drawing that was
presented to the public by architectural firm Spillman
Farmer last October. Easton's Historic District Commission
had requested that the building's design better convey
its civic purpose.
Spillman Farmer architect Randy Galiotto highlighted some of the new city hall's features with a scale model of the middle of the structure, as well as some material samples.

The precast concrete is a sand color and was chosen to reflect Easton's role in the cement industry in the early 20th century. The city's current city hall is located in the Alpha Building, which once housed the office of the Alpha Cement company, a prominent manufacturer of Portland cement.

"I hope you like it because we have a million dollars of it coming," he said.

Glass windows feature prominently across the front of the building's facade and are meant to symbolize "transparency in government" Galioto added.

The artist who will construct the art glass canopy over the main entrance has been chosen and Spillman Farmer is in talks with the individual, Galiotto said, but he declined to divulge the name, promising it would be announced soon.

The new city hall's interior will have some unique features too, the architect said.

"We're hoping to be able to afford a wood ceiling on the third floor that will be a topography of Easton," Galiotto said.

The first floor will house a lobby area that will provide access to the new LANTA bus station on the north side of the building, as well as about 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the south side. The commercial space will additionally have a separate entrance along South Third Street, Galiotto said.

"We are hoping to to with a single tenant," Panto said. He added that the city does not yet have any specific tenant or use in mind for the commercial space and is open to any suitable use. "We just want to get a fair market price."

"I think you'll see we took as many of the Historic District Commission recommendations as we could," Panto said, while thanking commission members for their input. "I think we've ended up with a much better project than was proposed."

The site of Easton's new city hall, a LANTA bus station
and commercial space, along with a new parking deck
on South Third Street in the Downtown district.
Construction on the new city hall building has
not yet begun, though work is under way
for the parking deck that accompanies it.
Construction on the new city hall building has not yet begun, though work is under way for the parking deck that accompanies it. Harsh weather last fall and over the winter delayed the work's progress, Panto said.

The mayor said he hopes the city will be able to move into the new city hall by July of 2015, a couple of months later than originally anticipated. The parking deck must be completed before work on the building can begin, due to space considerations, he added.

Once the parking deck is completed, work on the building can commence. Panto said he expects construction on the new city hall may disrupt traffic on South Third Street for a few weeks to accommodate cranes necessary to raise the building's steet beams, concrete, and glass into place.

"One or two lanes of South Third Street may be shut down," he said, adding that he doesn't expect the street will need to be closed entirely for the construction.