Bellefonte board to make recommendation on Garman’s fate Tuesday

From CDT staff reportsOctober 22, 2013 

The Bellefonte Historical Architecture Review Board is expected to make a recommendation at its meeting Tuesday on a request to demolish the Garman Theatre.

State College developer Ara Kervandjian wants to raze the building along with the Hotel Do De to create one building with workforce house apartments. When combined with the Cadillac Building, he plans to create 32 units.

Kervandjian owns all three buildings, which were damaged by fire.

The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

HARB tabled a request at its Oct. 8 meeting to demolish the Garman, asking for more information from Kervandjian.

Borough Building and Codes official Russell Shuey said at the time that the board needed to see additional documentation, such as specific plans for demolition and adjacent building stabilization.

“We don’t have a full application,” he said Oct. 8, adding that a borough ordinance requires full documentation before action can be taken.

On Oct. 11, the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association said it would fight the Garman’s demolition after Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler denied the group’s requests to halt Kervandjian from moving forward with demolition plans.

HARB’s recommendation will go to the Bellefonte Borough Council for final approval at its next meeting in the borough chambers.

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