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Non-profit mapping next move for proposed Lambertville Music Hall

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 25 2013 07:52:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2013 08:13:05 AM CDT

Music hall plan on hold

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. -

A non-profit group that has received static over its plan to turn a former church in Hunterfon County, N.J., into a music hall is preparing to map its next move.

The Bridge Street Foundation will meet with lawyers and engineers in its executive offices in Lambertville N.J., at 11 a.m. Friday, according to Mandee Kuendle, senior manager of public relations and marketing.

The group wants to convert the former First Baptist church into the Lambertville Music Hall but several city residents and business owners are unhappy with the plan, citing parking, traffic and noise concerns.

Lambertville Mayor David DelVecchio is putting together a group made up of city council, planning board and community members to work with the Bridge Street Foundation.

Council president Steve Stegman, council member Beth Asaro, planning board chairman Tim Korzun, board member Derek Roseman, Ferry Street resident John Woods, business leaders Jim Hamilton and Dan Whitaker will be part of the group, DelVecchio said.

Officials from the foundation can work with the group to create a project that would benefit all parties, the mayor said.

The Bridge Street Foundation originally envisioned a 475-seat music hall, 140-seat restaurant and 28-seat bar for the former church, before withdrawing the plan last month.

Kuendle said people can get an idea of what to expect from a Lambertville Music Hall by checking out the concert series the foundation is putting on at the Bucks County Playhouse, which the group also owns.

The playhouse, which the group also owns, "is within walking distance, right across the [Delaware] river, about a quarter of a mile or six city blocks away," Kuendle pointed out.