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Rooftop restaurant named first retail tenant for Gateway project

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Construction nears completion on The Gateway Building at Third and New streets in South Bethlehem. The first retail tenant will occupy space in the building this summer.
Construction nears completion on The Gateway Building at Third and New streets in South Bethlehem. The first retail tenant will occupy space in the building this summer.

Grille 3501, a South Whitehall Township restaurant, plans to open a second location in The Gateway Building on Greenway Park, a six-story building nearing completion on Third and New streets in South Bethlehem.

CBRE, a global real estate company with a local office in Upper Macungie Township, made the announcement Wednesday. The firm, which is marketing the 125,000-square-foot-property, said Grille 3501 is the first retail tenant leasing space in the office/retail building. It will occupy 4,200 square feet on the top floor and open for business this summer.

The Gateway project will incorporate a multiple-story glass walkway connecting to the adjacent public parking garage, which recently opened and has space for 600 vehicles.

Anchor tenants Lehigh University and St. Luke’s University Health Network will start moving staff into the building shortly.

St. Luke’s will have a mixed-use floor of clinical, teaching and administrative space.

Lehigh University will move 175 employees from its Office of Advancement into the building and plans to move staff in mid-to late February, said Lori Friedman, spokesperson for Lehigh University.

The $20 million building is the first of several developments that Dennis Benner, a Bethlehem developer, is planning in this portion of the city. ION Development Group, a company owned and managed by Benner and his sons, Garrett and Brandon Benner, is the team behind the project.

Benner sees this project as the start of explosive growth for South Bethlehem and noted that more people are buying properties to develop in this part of the city. 

"I think this was the impetus to start the whole process," Benner said. "There will be more food uses [in this building]. We are talking to a number of different people but it's got to be the right fit."

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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