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Former mill in Allentown to be demolished

Published On: Apr 19 2013 04:39:28 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 04:43:54 PM EDT

The buildings that once housed the old Weilbacher Silk Mill in Allentown now have a date with the wrecking ball.

The city announced Friday that it will tear down the multi-story set of buildings at 332-348 Front and W. Gordon streets, also known as the Ribbon Works, for safety reasons.

A fire in the east section of the mill, which was built in 1897, has left the building uninhabitable since 1982. The newer, west section of the mill has been vacant and without maintenance since approximately 2004, officials said.


The buildings suffer from neglect, fire and storm damage and vandalism, city officials said. As a result, the city has declared an emergency situation.

The Allentown Redevelopment Authority recently signed an agreement of sale with the owners, Ribbon Works Partners LLC of Philadelphia.

Demolition is expected to begin soon with no immediate plans for the property.