Former Mill to Be Demolished
The multi-story set of buildings at 332-348
Front and W. Gordon streets (a.k.a. Ribbon Works) that were built to
house the old Weilbacher Silk Mill business in the city of Allentown
will be demolished by the city for safety reasons.
A fire in
the Old Mill (East Section) that was constructed in 1897 has left the
building uninhabitable since 1982. The New Mill (West Section) has been
vacant and without maintenance since approximately 2004.
the Allentown Redevelopment Authority signed an agreement of sale with
the owners, Ribbon Works Partners LLC of Philadelphia.
buildings suffer from neglect, fire and storm damage and vandalism.
Buildings on the property have sustained collapsed roofs, missing roof
wall sections and broken windows; flooring has buckled, rotted and
disintegrated, slab wall has deteriorated and brick veneer is falling.
As a result, an emergency situation has been declared by the city.
Demolition is expected to begin soon.
There are no immediate plans for the re-use of the property.