Bellefonte review board delays request to demolish Garman

mmorgan@centredaily.comOctober 8, 2013 

— The Bellefonte Historical Architecture Review Board tabled a request Tuesday to demolish the Garman Theatre, asking for more information from the developer.

Borough Building and Codes official Russell Shuey said the board needs to see more documentation, such as specific plans for demolition and adjacent building stabilization.

“We don’t have a full application,” he said, adding that a borough ordinance requires them to have that documentation before action can be taken.

Developer Ara Kervandjian said his company, Progress Development Group, likely would have the paperwork by the end of the week and requested a special meeting that would take place before the next Borough Council meeting on Oct. 21.

The council must make a final decision on the request. HARB can only recommend a course of action.

Kervandjian’s request also includes demolition of the Hotel Do De.

HARB did not set an official date for the special meeting, and it is waiting until Kervandjian says he will definitely have the paperwork.

The battle over the Garman Theatre will head to court next week to allow the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association to make its case for an injunction that would prevent Kervandjian from demolishing the building until an appeal process is completed.

A one-hour hearing is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in Bellefonte.

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