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Preservationists Protest Bethlehem Steel Demolition

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LACKAWANNA, N.Y. - A determined group of protestors is keeping watch this weekend on a building in Lackawanna which is scheduled to go under the wrecking ball January 7th.

Members of the Lackawanna Industrial Heritage group and other preservationists gathered in front of the former Bethlehem Steel Administration Building just off Route 5.

They contend the building could be saved and restored for a new use and that there are some developers who may be interested in the property.

The group is now calling on the Mayor of Lackawanna to lift the demolition order.

"The state Historic Preservation Office has determined that the building is structurally sound and there's no reason it needs to come down. There's no reason for the mayor to be pushing for this demolition at this point," said Dana Saylor, Lackawanna Industrial Heritage.

"So we're just asking [the mayor] to have common sense and just see that there's some possibilities at this site that many, many people have expressed and that we're not giving up," she said.

Mayor Geoffrey Syzmanski says the city's building inspectors have determined that the one hundred eleven year old building is unsafe and needs to come down.

A demolition contractor was on site Friday to start with asbestos removal before demolition can take place.

WGRZ-TV

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