Money was clearly available in 2009 to make the Bethlehem Steel North Office Building "preservation ready". The former Mayor of Lackawanna was thought to be cooperating in using RESTORE NY funds for this purpose. Why wasn't this pursued? Why was the building really condemned and court ordered to be demolished? The photographic and eye-witness evidence is completely different from the official line - "it's too far gone to save". Photographers who've been visiting the historic Bethlehem Steel headquarters building for years have formed this FaceBook group. The photographic evidence suggests a structurally sound building and not one of impending implosion or collapse.
On Sunday afternoon all the floors were safe - a few holes on the first floor, second and third that corresponded with a roof leak. The central staircase had collapsed. There are two other stair cases that provide access to the entire building. There was no roof collapse. Why would a City Code Enforcement Officer and a demolition company misrepresent the actual conditions?See: Bethlehem Steel North Office Demolition - Part I