Deal gives displaced South Bethlehem residents, businesses more time
This article was produced as part of a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 National Fellowship.
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Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com
Rafael Palomino recently filed eviction notices against the commercial and residential tenants of his new South New Street properties. Palomino and his business partner Jeffrey Quinn are planning a nine-story mixed-use development on the site with 61 apartments anchored by his own eatery.
Palomino and three of his tenants were back before District Magistrate Jordan Knisley on Wednesday morning, a week after she continued the eviction hearing over a filing technicality.
“I appreciate your actions,” Knisley told Palomino as they went over the agreement.
Palomino is forgiving back rent and allowing the tenants to stay rent-free until April 1, when they will have to vacate their spaces, according to the eviction stay agreement.
He’s also hired a real estate broker to assist Car Village Title and Notary and JC Jewelry and Gifts with relocating. Jewelry shop owner Juan Colello said he’s already found a new space.
Car Village owner Cindy Rivas said she has a few prospects thanks to Palomino’s broker and a lehighvalleylive.com article about her displacement.
Palomino is pleased he was able to work with all the tenants and give them time to find new housing and commercial spaces.
“They are very nice people,” he said.
His company 325 South New Street Development LLC officially bought the property for almost $1 million in late October. The eviction filing affected three residential tenants and two remaining commercial tenants.
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Sara K. Satullo reported this story while participating in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 National Fellowship, which provided training, mentoring, and funding to support this project. She may be reached at email@example.com.
[This article was originally published by Lehigh Valley Live.]