There's an old saying that goes something like you can't see the forest because of the trees. In downtown Hazleton if you look beyond the trees you see a forest of rebirth. The old Traders Bank Building is undergoing major renovations. Broad Street has been completely rebuilt. On Fridays the Famrers Market draws people to the downtown, the market will also be expanding. Now an online survey is available for you to express your opinion... What do you think the downtown needs.
The only home that the Hazleton Art League ever had at 225 E. Broad St. is growing cramped. For three years, league members have thought about renovating and expanding their headquarters or moving to a larger building.
NEW DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT TO BE REMINDER OF THE PINES
Byorek's Knotty Pine restaurant, known for its pork barbecues and other unique dishes, is being reborn as The Pines in downtown Hazleton. The restaurant, a Hazleton-area landmark for 73 years, closed in 2010, but Bernie and Susan Byorek agreed to sell the name and original recipes to the DeAngelo family, which hopes to open the new restaurant in the Hayden Tower at the Markle in June.
A new non-profit organization has formed to lead the revitalization of the downtown. The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, while officially only three months old, has been well over a year in the making.
Sam talks with members of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, President of the Board of Directors Neal DeAngelo III and Exec. Dir. Krista Schneider to discuss ways to improve downtown Hazleton.
REVITALIZATION EFFORTS INTENSIFY IN DOWNTOWN HAZLETON
The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress is launching a fresh effort to revitalize center city-Krista Schneider, the Executive Director, said," We think there is a lot of opportunity for growth in the downtown...
With a new $30 million street project nearly complete, the ongoing rehab of historic buildings and the opening of more new businesses in downtown Hazleton last year, many people thought it was the perfect time to capitalize on the progress and take action to keep the revitalization going.
George Leitner was standing inside a gutted office building, wearing a hardhat and explaining how the building was being renovated from top to bottom. Sound familiar? A decade earlier, Leitner was doing the same thing inside the historic Markle building in downtown Hazleton.
ALLIANCE PRESENTS DRAFT STRATEGIES FOR DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION
A new city arts center and park, along with a facade program, planned sidewalk and street improvements and an initiative that would celebrate the culture and merchants that line North Wyoming Street, are several of the revitalization strategies proposed on Nov 20 by the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.
CAN THE DOWNTOWN BE RELEVANT AGAIN? by Krista Schneider
As the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress embarks on an unprecedented effort to lead the city’s downtown revitalization effort, we would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone these questions: What do you believe is needed to bring people downtown and have it be a meaningful destination again (for both residents and visitors alike)? How can the downtown once again be relevant to our community?
ALLIANCE TO ACQUIRE FORMER SECURITY SAVINGS BANK BUILDING
WYLN talks with Mayor Joe Yannuzzi and Krista Schneider, Executive Director of the Alliance, to discuss the county's decision to move forward with the purchase of the former Security Savings Bank building.
Sam talks with Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, Neal DeAngelo III from DBi Services, LLC, Krista Schneider from Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce President Mary Malone and Hazleton City Police Chief Frank DeAndrea about the Downtown Revitalization Project.
Approximately six months ago, the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress initiated a planning study to better understand the issues associated with leading the downtown revitalization effort and develop the necessary strategies and programs to help move it forward. Over these last few months we have heard from hundreds of people.....