You guys know my historic preservation impulse is very weak. I usually think people are inclined to preserve too many unimportant old buildings, and aren’t appreciative enough of the blend of the modern and the historic that makes for great urbanism. But the King George Inn? Built in 1756? People want to tear down a place where O.G. American Revolutionaries hung out to build ugly new sprawl on Hamilton Blvd?
The restaurant at Cedar Crest Boulevard and Hamilton Street — which is not protected from demolition despite being on the National Register of Historic Places — closed last year.
Owner Cliff McDermott, who ran the popular spot for more than four decades, and Hotel Hamilton LLC have applied for demolition permits to take down the building and a defunct Burger King restaurant next to it, township zoning officer Keith Zehner said.
“They are going to start with a flat, vacant piece of land and they say they are going to propose an extended stay hotel, a branch bank and possibly a drug store,” Zehner said.
No plans have been submitted to the township, but the owners on Wednesday will ask the Zoning Hearing Board for variances to township rules on building heights and parking lot setbacks.
(via Morning Call)
Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-south-whitehall-king-george-demolition-20130723,0,833544.story#ixzz2ZyFmSo5S
Follow us: @mcall on Twitter | mcall.lv on Facebook