Bethlehem South Side Business District To Get Major Retail, Office, Student Housing Complex

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton C...

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A $56.5 million redevelopment project including significant retail, office and student housing space is planned for Bethlehem’s South Side business district.

Developer Dennis Benner today revealed plans for a 13-story student housing and retail complex on the first block of West Fourth Street and a seven-story office and retail complex a block north at West Third and South New streets.

Construction on the project, which includes a 507-space parking garage, is scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year and take 24 months.

Benner, a Lehigh University graduate, said he’s long heard complaints about how there isn’t enough for college students and young professionals to do in the city and that his complex aims to remedy that. His retail plans include high-end restaurants and lounges, likely including a wine bar, he said.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/11/bethlehem_south_side_business.html

Theta Xi Suspended At California University Of PA

Last weekend’s mega party at the Theta Xi house caused an uproar with college and borough law enforcement.  The California University of Pennsylvania Chapter of Theta Xi is being suspended by their national governing body as a result.  Last weekend’s “festivities” resulted in about 90 citations issued for alcohol related offenses across the borough.

California University officials are most likely placing those cited on probation and ordering offenders into alcohol education programs.  This crackdown was a joint venture between Cal U and California Borough.