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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Forum set for historic district plan

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Public session for Hokendauqua preservation proposal will be held Sept. 27

Residents in one of Hokendauqua’s oldest neighborhoods will be able to express their views next month on the possibility of establishing a historic preservation district in part of the village.

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will hold a public forum 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

Township Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt, during the board’s Monday workshop meeting, said the informational meeting will be held at the Teamsters Union Hall Local 773, 3614 Lehigh St.

The session will inform the public, in particular those living in the proposed historic district, what it would mean to them and gauge feedback from the residents.

The proposed historic district, which would run from Front Street to Third Street, would be the first such corridor in Whitehall. It would impact approximately 100 homes that were built in the 1880s era.

An 1884 published history of Lehigh and Carbon counties heralded Hokendauqua as “a model industrial town.”

The proposed historic district would include the ruins of the Thomas Iron Works, the residence of David Thomas, the first public school in the village, dating back to 1864 — now a day care center on Third Street — First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua on Front Street and other buildings.

Dutt said the official designation is to prevent any demolition of structures in the historic area.