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Bellefonte council votes to demolish Garman Theatre

By: WJAC Web Staff

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- It was a historic vote made by Bellefonte Borough Council Monday night as the fate of the Garman Theatre was decided.

The council voted 5-4 to approve demolition of the Garman Theatre and the adjoining Hotel Do-De.

The Garman has been the center of an ongoing battle, and many of the nearly 100 people at the meeting urged council to save the historic theater.

Voting yes for the demolition were council members Joe Beigle, Vana Dainty, Frank Halderman, Walt Schneider and Frank Halderman.

Voting no for the demolition were Renee Brown, Paul DeCusati, Gay Dunne and Dave Provan.

An earlier vote in the meeting to table the demolition failed 5-4.

Both buildings are owned by a developer who wants to tear them down for a housing project.

The buildings suffered fire damage in September 2012. A fire started in an apartment in the Hotel Do-De and spread to the Garman that was abandoned at the time.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times