Fast-food restaurant, credit union pitched in Westgate Mall development plan

Will Kreznick

A new fast food restaurant and credit union are planned for the parking lot of the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem. The Bethlehem Planning Commission is slated to review sketch plans for the phase three redevelopment of the West Bethlehem mall at its Thursday meeting. The submitted plans show a credit […]

A new fast food restaurant and credit union are planned for the parking lot of the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem.

The Bethlehem Planning Commission is slated to review sketch plans for the phase three redevelopment of the West Bethlehem mall at its Thursday meeting.

The submitted plans show a credit union where the former Dempsey’s Diner currently stands at the intersection of Schoenersville and Catasauqua roads.

An unnamed fast food restaurant is proposed for the other end of the parking lot, near the new Weis grocery store at the corner of Westgate Drive and Schoenersville Road in the submitted plan.

The proposal also includes a gas station in the parking lot and shows the existing Weis grocery store as a proposed retail space once it relocates to the new anchor store.

Built in 1973, the Westgate Mall’s management undertook a $5 million facelift in 2015, the same year the popular Sky Zone Trampoline Park opened a 20,000-square-foot activity center at the shopping destination.

The mall changed hands in October 2018 when it was bought by Woodbridge, N.J.-based Onyx Equities. CBRE is the property’s listing agent.

Representatives from Onyx and CBRE did not respond to requests for more information on the plans.

The Weis grocery store will be moving into the anchor space once home to The Bon-Ton and selling beer and wine.

Weis plans to occupy the front portion of the former department store, about 63,215 square feet. That leaves 42,675 square feet of space to the rear for a new tenant.

The city notes in its response to the plans that sidewalk must be constructed around the mall perimeter on Westgate Drive and Schoenersville and Catasauqua roads during the third phase, per a prior planning commission sidewalk deferral request.

If land development plans are not submitted by September of this year, the sidewalk must be constructed.

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