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The former Tama Manufacturing Company, at 18th and Main streets, Northampton, is covered partially by scaffolding during a project to convert the three-story building into 13 apartments.PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER The former Tama Manufacturing Company, at 18th and Main streets, Northampton, is covered partially by scaffolding during a project to convert the three-story building into 13 apartments.PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER

Tama apartments are moving along

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Tama Manufacturing Company, a once-thriving apparel plant at 18th and Main streets, Northampton — which has fallen into disrepair over the last several decades when the facility moved its operations to the Race Street extension in Hanover Township, Lehigh County — is now undergoing a massive makeover to the three-story structure.

The deterioration to the idled structure had some in the borough calling for its demolition.

Workers are at the 1796 Main St. site making major upgrades to the interior and exterior.

The building will be converted into 13 apartments.

The exterior work underway includes the replacement of windows and the roof. A stucco finish will be applied to the facade.

New Jersey developer Dan Donnelly said the building, when completed, will be an asset to the community.

In May, Northampton Borough Council granted Donnelly a four-month extension to complete the project. Councilman Ed Pany was a staunch advocate for the request for extensions on the apartment project, saying the completed project will bring revenue to the borough and will be a greatly improved site.

If razed, it would be an expense to the borough, Pany added.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the work by Donnelly’s crew is “moving ahead,” noting he is satisfied with the progress being made. The borough manager reported Donnelly has paid all of the required fees and permits, including the sewer tap-in fee.

Borough officials will receive an invitation to tour the building once the work is finished, possibly in the fall.