An old urban car dealership may be getting a new lease on life.
Ed Novak, of Novak Ventures Inc. and Ashley Development Corp., both of Bethlehem, are proposing to transform the Jack Jones Buick building in Bethlehem into a facility for medical offices, according to a press release.
The proposed medical offices facility will be designed by MKSD of Allentown, and would preserve the character of the neighborhood, emulating the early 1920's architecture of the current structure, according to Todd O. Chambers, associate partner, MKSD.
The building, located at the corner of West Broad Street and Third Avenue, has been vacant since 2005, and serves as one of the gateways to Downtown Bethlehem.
Vacant for seven years, the building has experienced significant flood and structural damage, in addition to environmental hazards including asbestos, motor oil and lead paint.Lehigh County real estate records show that West Bethlehem Ventures LLC sold the property in April to Novak Broad Street Ventures LLC for $640,000. The property is zoned for automobile, mobile home new showroom use.