- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Officials in an eastern Pennsylvania township have taken the first step toward adopting an ordinance that aims to save a Colonial-era building from demolition and allow a proposed commercial development to move forward.

South Whitehall Township officials said the proposed zoning amendment introduced Wednesday would change the zoning code to allow developer Atul Patel to build his planned hotel while requiring him to preserve the King George Inn.

The township said the proposal is a win-win for everyone.

The stone building just outside Allentown dates to 1756 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a restaurant for 42 years before closing in 2012.

Local lore says it was visited by some of the Founding Fathers and the grounds were used for drills during the Revolutionary War.

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