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.
Northampton Borough Council was informed at the June 21 meeting it could cost the borough up to a quarter of a million dollars to comply with state and federal mandates required to keep pollutants and sediment from entering local waterways.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the waters involved are the Hokendauqua, Dry Run and Catasauqua creeks and Lehigh River.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking an aggressive approach resulting from regulations from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the waters.
It was announced at the May 17 meeting of Northampton Borough Council that a shipment of steel beams for the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge will arrive in July.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said the logistics are being worked out with Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the route the trucks carrying the steel beams will take. The plan was to have the trucks enter the borough via Route 329, but with the temporary closure in the area of the Kopper Penny intersection at Howertown Road, another route will be needed. (See photo below.)
A decades-old practice by the Borough of Northampton to provide crossing guards near schools has ended, effective at the close of Northampton Area School District schools for summer vacation.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst made the announcement at the April 19 meeting of Northampton Borough Council, which had been on board with ceasing to provide crossing guards at the borough’s expense.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock vetoed borough council’s rental property ordinance at the June 7 meeting.
Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian informed council it would need a majority of council and one to override the mayor’s veto.
With seven of the eight council members present, no vote to overturn Reenock’s action was taken. Instead, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., a committee member who helped draft the ordinance, made a motion to table the matter. Council concurred.
Newhard Pharmacy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house May 19 to introduce the new chapter in its iconic legacy — a partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide walk-in laboratory services, blood work and cholesterol checks.
This venture marks the first time St. Luke’s Health Network has offered its laboratory services via an independent local business.
The backyard garden was the comparison provided at Northampton Exchange Club’s Service to Youth program April 4, at which five Northampton Area High School seniors were lauded for their achievements in and outside the classroom.
During the ceremony, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, Dr. Rodger Berg, program chairman, used the analogy of starting a garden in the spring with seeds, culminating in the summer with tomatoes, string beans and more ready to be picked.
Northampton Borough Council passed the heavily contested rental property ordinance by a razor-thin margin during an emotionally charged meeting May 17.
The legislation, approved by a 4-3 vote, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019, and covers the 1,365 known apartment units in the borough.
Following the meeting, Mayor Thomas Reenock told The Press, “I will not sign the ordinance. I have 10 days to sign it. I will give my reasons in writing.
“Council will then have to vote again on the ordinance,” he added.
Northampton Borough Farmers Market will open for the 2018 season May 15.
The outdoor market returns for the second year at Municipal Park, Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane. The recent move from Uptown Park provides the public with easier access, additional parking and expanded vendor space.
Borough Planner Victor Rodite said, in the coming weeks, entertainment at the farmers market includes Northampton Area Middle School band, Tootsie the Clown, bagpiper Gene Kutzler, classic and antique car displays and more.
Northampton Exchange Club met March 13 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., to laud three Northampton Area High School employees — Douglas Fehnel, Lauren Sniscak and Joseph Svetecz — as Employees of the Month. The recipients were accorded framed certificates for their accomplishments.
This is the second year for this program.