Callahan Announces Tech Hub Plans For Former Bethlehem Steel Annex

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Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan announced Thursday the city and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem are in discussions to turn a five-story former Bethlehem Steel building into a technology hub.

The $30 million project, known as Tau, would provide office space for as many as 450 employees working for several companies in an annex building of the Steel General Offices on E. Third Street.

The 125,000-square-foot annex, built in 1952 and the home for Steel’s main frame computers, has been vacant for years and was last used in the 1990s as a temporary classroom for elementary students.

“Tau will recast the former Bethlehem Steel General Office Building East Annex as a fully integrated technology center which attracts companies in every stage,” Callahan said.

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South Bethlehem’s ‘Front Door’ To Get Makeover

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Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan announced Thursday the design of several grant-funded projects aimed at sprucing up the “front door” to southeast Bethlehem.

Those projects will include building a gathering space at the popular SkatePlaza, an economic analysis of how to redevelop properties, wayfinding signs and connections from the rails-to-trails park to neighborhoods.

The profiles of the neighborhoods near E. Fourth Street and Daley Avenue are quickly rising as the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem continues to draw visitors and Route 412 expands to accommodate more traffic.

“With changes that have taken place here, the eastern gateway is the new front door of Bethlehem,” Mayor John Callahan said at a news conference at the Forte Building.

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Bethlehem Approves $10 Million To Improve Old Steel Plant

The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority approved this week a $10 million bond that will help pay for the next round of infrastructure projects for redeveloping Bethlehem Steel property.

The projects include hundreds of new paved parking spots and an elevated walkway on what was once known as the Hoover Mason Trestle. The century-old trestle was used by Steel to move fuel from the ore yard, where the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem sits, to the blast furnaces, which is now the backdrop for indoor and outdoor concerts at SteelStacks.

“We want to make sure the investment we make is both strategic and relevant enough that it will stimulate additional development on the site,” said Tony Hanna, executive director of the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority.

The project totals nearly $16 million worth of improvements and a second bond is expected to be taken out next year.

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Bethlehem Has $186 Million Worth Of Projects Going On In 2011

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The City of Bethlehem is not on the fuzzy end of the lollipop when it comes to economic development.  Mayor John Callahan announced a list of eleven projects that total $186 million in development for the City of Bethlehem.

Projects to be completed or under construction in 2011:

Hotel at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem: $30 million

PBS39: $17 million

ArtsQuest performing arts center: $26 million

21st Century Town Square/Levitt Pavilion: $22 million

Route 412 widening, ramp and other roadwork: $38 million

Plaza on Eighth: $25 million

Rails-to-trails park (greenway): $3.14 million

Ben Franklin Technology: $17 million

Glemser Technologies: $2.25 million

Lehigh University‘s STEPS building: $5.5 million

Third Street parking: $800,000

Source: City of Bethlehem/Morning Call