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COMMUNITY DAY CHAIRPERSON

The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day Committee is in search of an individual to act in the capacity of the 2020 Community Day Chairperson.  The Chairperson will coordinate, oversee and attend all meetings, oversee all committees including Logistics, Entertainment, Sponsorships, Vendor Registration, Publicity and Volunteers and assist committee members where needed.  The Chairperson should be proficient leader who is comfortable networking and navigating through community relations.  A stipend in the amount of $500 will be offered. Please contact c.hartranft@hellertownborough.org if interested.

Borough of Hellertown

Zoning Hearing Board

Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Hellertown Borough will meet in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 685 Main St., Hellertown, PA  18055 on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm for the purpose of hearing the following appeals.  ALL APPELLANTS MUST APPEAR AT THE MEETING.

ZHB-20-01:  The appeal of James Metsopulos: 1618 Main St. Hellertown PA 18055.  Appellant seeks a special exception under section 450-12c(3) related to section 450-36, conversions of dwellings into apartments.  Appellant is seeking approval to create (1) additional dwelling unit for a total of (2) dwelling units. The property is located at 1618 Main St., Hellertown, PA  18055. TMP#  Q7NW2D-7-15-0715 in the Mixed District.

All persons interested may appear and may be heard.  The appeal listed may be reviewed at the Hellertown Borough Zoning office at the above address

Borough of Hellertown

Zoning Hearing Board

Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Hellertown Borough will meet in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 685 Main St., Hellertown, PA  18055 on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm for the purpose of hearing the following appeals.  ALL APPELLANTS MUST APPEAR AT THE MEETING.

ZHB-20-02:  The appeal of Sean Burke, D.B.A. Stella Cadente Investments LLC: 117 E Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018  Appellant seeks approval to continue a non-conforming use under section 450-79(f), a variance under section 450-11d maximum density-to allow 10 apartments when only 5 are permitted and a variance under section 450-20a(2) parking requirements-applicant proposes 13 off street parking spaces when 36 are required.  The property is located at 330 Linden St., Hellertown, PA  18055. TMP#  Q7NW3C 15 2 0715 in the R-2 District.

All persons interested may appear and may be heard.  The appeal listed may be reviewed at the Hellertown Borough Zoning office at the above address

Kris Russo Zoning Officer

NEW ROUND OF FACADE GRANTS AVAILABLE

What it is:  This program is designed to assist downtown businesses in making exterior renovations to their front facades.  It will provide for matching 1 to 1 reimbursement grants for façade improvements in the Borough of Hellertown up to a maximum amount of $10,000 per property. 

Up to $3,000 of the $10,000 maximum in grant funding can be used for Streetscape-level improvements to your property, whereby you can receive one dollar in façade grant money for every two dollars you invest into these types of improvements.

Why invest:  The Façade Program is intended to stimulate private investment in the preservation of historic downtown architecture and to foster image-making improvements to properties.

  • Benefits to property owners include: Higher rents, more stable leases, increased occupancy rates, improved marketability and higher property values.
  • Benefits to business owner include: Increased sales, improve image and visibility of your business, increases exposure, creates an inviting atmosphere and reduce overhead.
  • Benefits to the community include: Help create a sense of place, enhance safety and cleanliness, recruit better employees, develop a more stable tax base and reduce pressure for sprawl development.

Eligible properties:  Any business or business property owner (excluding government or non-profit entities) within the following map are eligible:

Project Boundaries:     On Main Street: from Walnut Street through Kichline Avenue

On Water Street: from Front Street to Delaware Avenue

All of Front Street: from E. Thomas Avenue to Walnut Street

  • Eligible Facade Level Activities

(Require a $1 match for every grant $1 – maximum of a $10,000 grant allocation)

Brick and Stone Masonry, Architectural Metals, Doors, Windows, Exterior Woodwork, Storefronts, Signage, Painting, Awnings, Lighting, Shutters, Power Washing, Roofing , Gutters, Design Assistance (see “Eligible Activities” Section in the Policies and Procedures document for more detailed information)

  • Eligible Streetscape Level Activities

(Require a $2 match for every grant $1 – up to a $3,000 grant allocation, which counts towards the $10,000 maximum per property)

Sidewalks, street trees, fences, retaining walls, other site improvements (as approved on a case by case basis)

  • Ineligible Activities

Landscaping (with the exception of street trees), benches, trash cans, paving, parking lots, and sandblasting are not eligible activities.

Schedule:

  1. Review guidelines
  2. File Notice of Intent to Apply form (complete); await word on eligibility
  3. Pursue Design Assistance (not required – but encouraged)
  4. Fill out a formal application for a Façade Grant
  5. Façade Grants are awarded by the Hellertown Planning Commission; await word on the status of your application
  6. Complete a reimbursement agreement (if project is approved)
  7. Begin construction (please note – any work completed before the reimbursement agreement is signed will not be eligible for reimbursement)
  8. Complete construction, obtain all necessary materials and submit for a reimbursement check
  9. Receive reimbursement check

For more information:  Please note that this is only a general overview of this program. For a full copy of the policies and procedures, please contact Cathy Hartranft at 610-838-7041.