Those interested in saving the King George Inn will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss ways to save the historic structure from demolition.
Erin Hammerstedt, field representative for Preservation Pennsylvania, will make a brief presentation on potential alternatives for the inn and lead a discussion on tools and potential financial resources for saving the building.
The meeting will be held at the Lehigh County Heritage Museum, 432 W.Walnut St., Allentown.
The King George Inn, built in 1756, closed last year as a restaurant. The landmark structure at Cedar Crest and Hamilton boulevards has had a storied history, serving weary travelers as a crossroads tavern even before the Revolutionary War. Built in 1756, it was designated a National Historic Site by the National Park Service.
Under Hotel Hamilton LLC's revised plan for the site, the developers would reuse some of the stones from the building's facade after they tear it down and replace it with a bank. The stones would be used to build a wall around the bank and plaque erected to recognize the former inn's historical significance.The new plan eliminates a 26,000-square-foot hotel, adds an 11,000-square-foot, 381-seat restaurant with a drive-through and outdoor seating andreduces the size of a drug store from 14,000 square feet to 11,000 square-feet.
The South Whitehall Zoning Hearing Board continued a hearing to Oct. 3 on the developer's request for relief from a non-conforming parking space setback that currently exists at the site.
A Moveon.org petition was created earlier this year to save the inn.
Preservation Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant resources.