After hearing fears about the threat to existing businesses, Bethlehem City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to new redevelopment guidelines for the 53-acreMartin Tower in West Bethlehem.

The proposal eliminates a 2006 requirement that the landmark 21-story building be rehabilitated and reused as part of the property’s redevelopment. Vacant since 2007, the tallest building in Lehigh and Northampton counties opened in the early 1970s as headquarters of the former Bethlehem Steel Corp.


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