Salisbury Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Allentown State Hospital property could be used for Cedarbrook

To the Editor:

Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, has introduced a bill to demolish the buildings on the 195-acre property at the Allentown State Hospital in East Allentown.

Lehigh County Commissioners over the years have built a $50,000,000 jail, enlarged the county courthouse and built new administration offices. For the past four years, the commissioners have authorized various studies on the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility, including a report co-authored by the retired CEO of Phoebe Home.

After four years, there seems to be no direction for a future Cedarbrook that is needed for Lehigh County citizens. Cedarbrook provides a safety net for the elderly and disability patients in our county.

It would be wonderful to relocate outdated Cedarbrook to facilities on the land of the former Allentown State Hospital. There is also a need for the outdated Harrision Morton.

Maybe the county and the Allentown School District could get together and prepare a bid to develop new facilities on the site if Brown’s bill is passed by Harrisburg to demolish the buildings.

This could be the best use of the East Allentown land.

Joseph A. Ludrof Jr.

Lower Macungie Township