The City of Bethlehem has figured out that the arts can bring economic development. Many projects have already sprung up in Bethlehem that are having a major impact on the city. This project is another example of adaptive re-use and the benefits of involving the arts.
The former St. Stanislaus Church in south Bethlehem could provide a little divine inspiration for artists attracted to the growing SteelStacks campus.
The rectory would be razed to make room for 36 affordable apartments targeting artists as tenants under a proposal by Housing Development Corp. MidAtlantic of Lancaster. The church, founded in 1906 to mainly serve Polish Catholics in the neighborhood, would be reused as a gallery and space for performances or other events…
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